Tamara Tax Consultant
“I like the varied work I receive, how friendly the people are and the trust that the firm puts into their employees to allow them to work flexibly but still get the job done. ”
I previously worked for a Big 4 firm and upon moving to Cornwall I wanted to continue to work for a larger firm with a great reputation and a varied client base. As I knew I would have to branch out from my previous specialisation I wanted somewhere that would provide me with a place to learn, grow and develop a more varied career.
I am a CTA (exam) qualified Tax Consultant based on the Truro office but part of the virtual TAS team. My background is in the fairly niche world of global mobility (assisting international employers with the UK tax implications of their in and outbound employees) but I am part of the FIRCAT team within TAS (financing, international, reconstructions, corporate and transformations). It is a big change for me but I am thoroughly enjoying widening my skill set and am learning new things on a daily basis.
I like the varied work I receive, how friendly the people are and the trust that the firm puts into their employees to allow them to work flexibly but still get the job done.
The culture is relaxed but supportive. Hard work is rewarded and the firm puts an emphasis on performance management with yearly performance appraisals.
As I have essentially started my career afresh since joining the firm, I am still at the beginning of my career path. At present my ambitions are simply to be a knowledge sponge and learn as much as I can from those around me. I also look forward to developing relationships with clients and building a reputation both inside and outside the firm as someone who can answer (or know the right person to answer) specific tax queries.
I would probably say how much I have learnt in a short space of time and adapting to different output styles as these are very different to anything I have done before.
I have someone assigned to help me set objectives and guide me through the performance appraisal process. I also have the support of a partner in my office who I know I can ask for help and guidance from if needed.
Being driven and hardworking but also happy to chat to others and show your personality. I would also say being flexible in terms of different peoples’ approaches and adaptable to review points.
Be yourself, be honest and don’t be afraid of starting afresh. See new things as an exciting challenge rather than being daunting. It also helps to have a story when you join – I was running the London marathon soon after I started so people know and remember me as the marathon runner which gives a great topic of conversation!
Interesting, Friendly, Supportive.
I would choose my partner, Shalane Flanagan (US long distance runner) and Mo Farah.
I would love to go on a luxury safari and then go the Bahamas to swim with the pigs there.
I would gift “A Song of Ice and Fire” the series of fantasy novels which Game of Thrones was based on – I am a die-hard fan.
I have awful taste in music and I normally love anything cheesy and happy (songs good for running) but my favorite album is Divide by Ed Sheeran. I am generally quite a restless person but it never fails to chill me out.
When I was studying for my A-Levels someone told me that “it will all be ok in the end and if it’s not ok then it’s not the end” and that’s something I try to remember.
I am a bit of a health food nut so I would probably say my spiralizer.
It would start with a long run in the sun and then involve lots of food (probably a pancake based brunch), a coastal walk and sunbathing with my partner and dog. The evening would be spent relaxing with a gin and tonic and a good film.
I would say that you have to embrace change, go with the flow and not be resistant to it. Moving cities, buying a house and starting a new job was certainly a change.
Most of my free time is spent pretending to be an athlete so I am either running, in the gym, eating or resting!
I have always wanted to learn another language (I was rubbish at school) and Mandarin would definitely be the first as the Chinese culture fascinates me.