To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 #IWD2022 we interviewed Eastway’s Majella Coffey. Majella has been with the company for over 10 years, and we were keen to discover what led her into a career in Accounts. 

Hi Majella, can you tell us what brought you into the world of Accounts ? 

In secondary school I loved Accounting and Business. I tried Science for the first 3 years but it just wasn’t for me. Therefore I concentrated on business subjects for my Leaving Certificate. This led me to apply for an Accounting Technician Certificate course which I completed in 2 years, and I’ve worked in accounts since.

Did you always want to work with numbers ?

In school I always loved when my profit, loss and balance sheet questions balanced, or when bank reconciliation worked out etc.  I knew that I wanted an office based job in administration or accounts it was just what I was drawn to.

What kinds of opportunities has a career in Finance/Accounting given you ?

Over the course of my career I’ve worked in the food industry, for a multi-national, in an electrical and mechanical engineering company and then finally in Eastway for the last number of years. I’ve worked mainly in the Limerick area by choice but I’ve gained a lot of experience having worked in different sectors. I found in larger enterprises my role was more limited to one area, for example either Accounts Payable or Receivable, whereas in small to medium enterprises I’ve had a more varied role which I prefer. This allows for greater input into the overall running of the business.

Would you recommend a career in Accounts to young women thinking about their future careers?

Yes, absolutely. There’s always lots of job opportunities both at home and abroad if you wish to travel. You can specialize in specific areas such as: Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, or Credit Control for example. It is possible to become self-employed, maybe set up a book keeping business, or work part-time as I do, for a better work/life balance.

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