Having never done finance in the past (I studied Biology) this presented quite a challenge! I knew nothing about accountancy: it was all just pages of numbers and acronyms. But I felt attracted to the world of business – more of the analytical side – and BA offered such big, international expertise with the obvious prestige of the brand.
As with other grads, they gave me lots of responsibility early on but the people are so good here that you’re eased into the role – I had a very solid induction programme, introducing me to all parts of the business. Actually, more like cramming my head full of knowledge. One of my early roles was in Aircraft Trading, integrating all the new leases from BMI: in-depth due diligence, how to align with BA’s organisation… complex analytical stuff with project management.
The team have been enormously helpful and the environment is, surprisingly, not too high-pressure – which makes a change for accountancy! I put this down to everything being so well-run, even at busy times of the year.