Today in Celebrating #WomenAtMazars, we’re sitting down with Harriet Walker to find out more about her life and career at Mazars. Harriet is a Corporate Assistant in the Professional Practices team in Edinburgh.
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Hi Harriet, can you tell us a bit about your career path to date?
I originally joined Mazars on a Year in Industry from university, and was fortunate enough to be offered a graduate job. When I returned I got involved in local Corporate Social Responsibility projects, progressing to become the CSR Representative for Edinburgh. I’m now an active member of the Mazars in Society Committee, with particular responsibility for National CSR projects. It’s a challenge juggling my client portfolio with CSR responsibilities, but one that I definitely thrive on.
What part of your role motivates you?
People motivate me! Numbers and spreadsheets are part of the job, but it’s the actual client contact or working with members of my team that motivates me to put in that extra bit of effort.
Who have been the people that have mentored or sponsored you?
I’ve been fortunate to work in teams where my opinions and passions have been taken into account. I’ve worked particularly closely with Laura Clarkson (OMP for Scotland), as she is both the partner for my team, sits opposite me, and is heavily involved with CSR. Laura ensures her team have opportunities to progress in areas over and above our daily roles, and this really spurs us on to challenge ourselves. Thanks to Laura I’ve had opportunities to join national committees, travel, and develop my skills in public speaking.
What has been the most defining point in your career to date?
I’m currently still doing my professional accounting qualification, so I imagine when I finish that later this year, it will be a moment to remember!
How would others describe you at work?
Organised, sociable, and persuasive… especially when it comes to event attendance.
What advice would you give to other women for growing and progressing in the firm?
Be a team player… there are so many opportunities within Mazars to interact with your colleagues, including those from other departments. Embrace these chances, and you’ll find that your colleagues will be able to both support you and open doors as your career progresses.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self? Is there anything you’d do differently?
Have a meaningful conversation with everyone that you meet – they might be the same level as you, or more/less senior, but you never know when you will meet again or how you can help each other. In terms of doing things differently – focus on your exams and treat them with respect…they’re difficult for a reason.
Thanks to Harriet for sharing her journey with us.
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