Connect with non-profits seeking volunteer financial skills
Pratistha — the smallest input can add so much value
Currently studying for CIMA
Analyst at Klarna
“Even the smallest of input can add so much value to any team/organisation as they are reliant on volunteers with various skills. So I would highly encourage everybody to look at various opportunities available.”
How did you get involved in volunteering?
In college, one section of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver was ‘Volunteering’ and as part of this I undertook a volunteer role in a Cancer Research UK shop near my house. I have very fond memories of the place and the amazing volunteers I worked with filled with laughter and wisdom.
What do you most enjoy about volunteering?
I enjoy meeting new people from various walks of life, listening to their experiences and learning through their stories.
What has been your proudest moment as a volunteer?
I was very lucky that my first volunteer experience was in a customer facing environment, where I learnt to build confidence talking to people from all walks of life.
What has been the toughest time volunteering?
Sometimes it is very difficult to balance work, personal life and studying alongside volunteering. But in those moments I am very honest with the people I work with and they are so supportive.
How have your accountancy skills come into play?
In my recent role as a research consultant in Charterpath I use my work and CIMA knowledge to align the values of the not-for-profit with my analysis of my areas of focus.
What have you learnt from volunteering?
Even the smallest of input can add so much value to any team/organisation as they are reliant on volunteers with various skills. So I would highly encourage everybody to look at various opportunities available.
What would be your one piece of advice for accountants looking to volunteer?
You might not need to go far! When I used to be an auditor for charity and not for profit, I was so surprised to know so many were near to where I lived. There are various charities in your local areas that are looking for your skills and would value the experience you bring to them.
How can get more accountants volunteering?
I truly believe a network like Charterpath can bring so many people together through sharing of information and connecting accountants with charities.