April 2021

Hello All 😊,


Welcome to our April monthly newsletter, NGA would like to wish you all a Happy Easter, Vaisakhi and Ramadan to those who celebrate!


Check out our latest NGA updates below and let us know if you would like to get involved in any of our initiatives.


GENERAL UPDATE


We are one step closer to the relaxation of Covid restrictions here in the UK and we couldn’t be happier! On Monday we saw the re-opening of non-essential shops, gyms and hospitality venues! 🥳 Even if you aren’t quite ready to step out, we’re sure this is still welcomed news.


We know that this past year, especially this last lockdown has been extremely tough on all of us. As always, if you are finding this period particularly difficult, please remember that the NGA community are here to support you. Whether its accountancy related or for personal support, feel free to reach out to any of the team or our wider community within the WhatsApp group 😊.


CABA have just announced its partnership with Sleepstation, to offer members and their close families who are struggling with their sleep, a personalised plan and individual support to help them get back on track. Along with CABA’s wide range of free services and self-help resources, check out the NHS’s ‘10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus’.


PILLAR 1 UPDATE: Grant Thornton and BPP launch data apprenticeships📚


Grant Thornton and BPP have launched two new data apprenticeship programmes focusing on data analytics and assurance. This is an exciting move, meaning that those who are interested in both data and accountancy can now be trained directly by the firm. The programme will offer Level 3 Data Technician and Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship giving students an opportunity to gain a qualification. If you are interested, find out more here.


PILLAR 2 UPDATE: The Secret to Choosing the Best Accountancy Learning Providers📜


There has been a lot of discussion within our NGA WhatsApp Study Group regarding the best ways to pick a learning provider for your accounting studies. Learnsignal have broken down the top secrets to choosing the right learning provider for you. Learnsignal discusses everything from learning styles to budgets to help you make an informed discussion when choosing your provider. You can read the full article here.


Failing was horrible – but it taught me so much


In a recent ICAEW Insight, Simie Khabra discusses how she navigated and stayed motivated in her career following exam failures. When she failed an exam, Simie’s training contract was terminated leaving her with the opportunity to transfer internally at Deloitte. She explains how her path to becoming qualified taught her valuable lessons about resilience, self-confidence and being kind to herself. You can read the whole article here.


PILLAR 3 UPDATE: How to negotiate a higher salary offer this year🤑💸


Following our engaging conversation in the main NGA WhatsApp group, we have found key tips on how to negotiate a higher salary during Covid-19. In what has been a difficult year for many businesses, some companies have been booming and are expanding their workforce.


Many of us have seen an increase in our workload and productivity during lockdown whilst some of us have managed to secure job offers in an uncertain market. Robert Half have provided a guide on how to ensure we are getting paid our worth by successfully negotiating a higher salary. You can read the full guide here.


Professional services face losing junior staff to burnout😴


Ensuring that you get the right work-life balance is a huge task when working as an accountant and this has been made even more difficult in the past year due to working from home. Following the exposure of stress and extreme working hours at Goldman Sachs last month, staff within professional services are warning that the rise in workloads during Covid-19 is having a negative impact on their mental health. With high staff turnover in many firms, firms are now trying to find ways to retain staff and ease their work pressures. You can read the full article here.


JOBS: 🤑


If you are on the look out for a new role, why not try the following sites:


AAT jobs

ACCA Jobs

CIMA Jobs

ICAEW Jobs

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