Michela Ryan is our Head of Finance at Solvo Vir. She climbed the career ladder in the accountancy sector following many years of hard work, dedication and training. Michela started her journey as an apprentice at a young age. Here’s Michela’s progression story.
I started my Level 3 Accountancy Apprenticeship at the age of 18 after discovering through three months at university that the uni life simply wasn’t for me! I was hungry for work and felt that I’d progress much faster in my career if I could gain real work experience whilst studying.
Using apprenticeship training as a career start up
A year later I progressed on to the Level 4 Accountancy Apprenticeship and after 18 months I became a qualified Accounting Technician. This meant I had obtained my qualification and a wealth of experience one year ahead of when I would have finished University.
After a year in my next role I was promoted to Finance Manager and given the opportunity to study for my ACCA qualification. Through company growth alongside my studies I became a qualified Accountant whilst managing a finance department of 5 staff and a company turnover of £7m. I feel that this level of experience gave me a huge advantage over other candidates of my age allowing me to stretch myself and excel in my career.
Climbing the ladder through strategic apprenticeship training
Following a further promotion, I am now working as the Head of Finance and also studying the Level 5 Operational/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship Standard with Solvo Vir.
This course is valuable in developing my people skills, communication and professional behaviours in the workplace. I feel that this complements my finance qualifications allowing me to be more than just a ‘finance person’ and enabling me to become a more effective leader in finance by working across all aspects of the business to improve performance.
On completion of this course I believe this will give me the edge I need in today’s ever-changing business world to become a Finance Director one day.
If you’d like to find out more about Solvo Vir apprenticeship training, contact the team today on 0330 0539140. Solvo Vir offers on-site apprenticeship training that can be provided to new or existing employees to help boost their career prospects and strengthen their skills.