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Confident Conversations

Confident Conversations is a weekly podcast show for ambitious women about confidently balancing work and life without burning out.

Hosted by Sherry Bevan, Author, Coach & Speaker, Sherry is a former Global Head of IT Service for a City law firm and over two decades of leadership experience. She now helps ambitious women get clear what they really want then find the confidence to do it.

Sherry runs The Confident Mother, an independent coaching practice, specialising in working with women in technology and women in professional services, on a one-to-one basis or in a group, individually or through your in-house career and leadership development programmes. She is also the founder and host of City Conversations

Jun 22, 2017

In the UK, nearly half of those joining accountancy are women. However at accountancy firms, women make up 23% of all partners, according to Catalyst, although 49% of all accounting employees. As you might expect, there is a “falling off” among women aged between 30 and 40 (although that is only partly explained by motherhood according to Rhonda Martin, head of ICAEW’s Women in Leadership team).

Award-winning Archna Tharani took a different route back into accountancy after a career break and now runs her own practice.

Archna has partnered with Lucy Whittington to bring the Your Own Practice programme to market and it's launching in September 2017. They are running discovery sessions to find out more on 4 and 8 July in London, and you can find all the details on the link below. Please do get in touch with Archna if you are interested.

In episode 026, Archna shares:

  • the challenges she faced when returned to work
  • what gave her the confidence
  • how she combats the loneliness of running your own business
  • the benefits of technology to provide a flexible career for women in accountancy
  • how accountancy is changing from 'just' number-crunching

Archna's top tips to other women going back into the workforce after a career break:

  • build the right support around you
  • identify the skills you need to develop to continue your career, both technical and leadership
  • reach out to people and network

Mentioned on the show and other useful links

GUEST: Archna Tharani, Oculus Accountancy
HOST: Sherry Bevan, Founder of The Confident Mother

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