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Case Study: Owen Turner

Personal details
Degree:BSc Physics Profile picture
School(s): School of Physics and Astronomy
Year of Graduation:Jul-1991
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Access UK Ltd
Job title: Head of Financial Consulting
Occupational Sector: Accountancy
What has been your route to getting your current position?
Graduate trainee with big national accountancy firm in company audit, followed by an MSc "conversion course" to computer science leading to a hybrid role implementing and configuring computer business systems.
What does your job involve ?
Managing a team of 50 or so implementation consultants in a company of 750 people.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Variety - every day is different. Travel - seeing different places and meeting different people. Challenging - see variety!
Why were you successful?
Spotting a niche job I had the skills and aptitude for and working hard to become good at it.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Analysis, deep thinking, creative thinking, attention to detail and problem solving.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Learn how to get on with people. This is more important than qualifications. The qualifications open the door, and get you on a short list or into a job interview. Your intelligence gets you through professional challenges or exams, but those who progress fastest and furthest are those who get on with people the best. So, expand your horizons, combat any shyness you might have, immerse yourself in social groups where you are not at ease and learn to be at ease and how to communicate earnestly, respectfully and genuinely. Look both up and down the social and professional classes. Strike up a conversation with a bus driver, a professor from another department, a janitor, a tramp, a friend's parent, etc. If you can interact respectfully with all of these, you will gain a life skill that will not seep away as quickly as knowledge of your degree subject.