When I was in my late teens early 20’s, I had a plan, get an accounting role, complete AAT within 2 years and ACCA within 3 years, get a great job in Canary Wharf where I will earn loads of money, respect and knowledge.
But wait there’s more: Buy a house before I am 30, buy a Mercedes, write a book and get a Rolex…
But wait there’s more: In my 30’s buy my mum a house, meet the woman of my dreams get married have kids and move on from my high powered career to giving lectures and getting into politics on the financial side i.e. working in the treasury.
Remote working: It has always repulsed me that in this day and age with the technological advancements we have and companies constantly grandstanding on how ‘green’ they are that the option of remote working remained a battle for a lot of employees, fossil management styles and mindsets are a big part of the problem “you can’t manage a team remotely” is the constant feedback KMT (Kissing my teeth).
In a company I worked at several years ago a particular wet blanket said “just because the company is embracing working from home, it does not mean you guys get to do it, I want my team in the office”.
Occasionally I end up giving advice to people who are earlier in their careers than I am, the number one advice I give to them is protect your self-esteem and confidence at all costs, be ferocious in protecting this, because if you don’t and it’s damaged the knock on effect it has on your professional life are astounding.
I view it this way: Self-esteem; will ensure you do not take a salary lower than you are worth. Confidence; will tell you if someone is offering you less, you can find a job that WILL pay you what you deserve.
Looking at my prior posts for those of you that follow; it’s clear to see, I’m a guy who has had issues in life, who has dealt with many mental fights with myself and won.
Luckily I am also a guy who strongly believes in sharing my mistakes/issues/successes in hope that others don’t have to go through them but if they are, I hope my posts helps them know that they can get through it; it may take time but they can do it.
Zipcar (company formerly known as Street Car) has beat out it’s competitor DriveNow in London, on the 18Dec2019 I got the email saying by the 29th Feb 2020 no more DriveNow cars will be available.
Simple question what went wrong?
Paraphrasing the email, could not attract enough customers, London boroughs being a pain with all their different rules (Westminster being number one on my list of frustrating boroughs to use with DriveNow, I don’t even bother).
Who gives up position? Let’s be clear, people with drive want to be at the top, and at the top there are not that many places, unfortunately not everyone will achieve their dream of being at the top.
Efforts however are being made to mix up the top seats but somehow black men have been damaged by these efforts, whilst there are other groups that have their issues I am not interested in these and I’m only interested in ones that directly affect black males.
We need racial diversity stats and not ones where black males are lumbered in with all other ethnicities which makes it difficult to see what is happening with us.
When I used to work for a public sector body, I recall them saying they were making a push for diversity, this lead to posts about black history month being opened for all and not just a month for black people, it got to the point it was almost deemed indirectly offensive to claim black history month belonged to black people.
Make it ILLEGAL to advertise a job without salary stated.
Make all companies publish their staff wages (and bonus’/benefits), you can make this portion internal only but available to ALL staff members of a company.
Do this and all equality will work themselves out pretty much overnight, it will make it easier to make a dispute, workers themselves would have the information they need to ensure they are getting equal pay.
Often you find tons of articles of people talking about something they have not been though due to their platform and voice these people end up becoming the face/voice of an issue they sympathise with but have never been through, which is frustrating.
You’re reading from someone who has battled with this as well as generally not being a very academic person; my maths issues started when I was in primary school, I couldn’t (and still can’t) do my times tables, I struggle with mental arithmetic especially division and being asked to answer maths question in front of the class often got me laughed at and teased.
Background: As I learned recently; ACCA was designed to target accountants in industry as opposed to in a practice environment, this qualification is more geared towards financial accounting, Audit and Tax.
This qualification has a good global reach, I would say that their reach globally is currently slightly better than ACA, CIMA and CIPFA.
Whilst it’s no secret that back in the day this was seen as a poor version of the ACA, the ACCA has done well to get their qualification respected and now you can walk into pretty much any company with your ACCA qualification.
I thought I would update as a few things have changed since my 2017.
Which is better?
It’s a bit more tricky now as both have improved but for me it’s still DriveNow they have fixed park and keep system but more importantly to me all the cars are automatic now (I dislike driving manuals), however Zipcar still remains king when it comes to value for money.
Zipcar what’s changed?(I have been a member since 2008 when it was Street Car)