Sarah, who is based at our Biggleswade office, joined the George Hay team in August 2019. Sarah works in our Bookkeeping department and is currently studying towards her AAT qualification.
Q1. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Enthusiastic, Organised & Determined
Q2. As a keen baker, what’s your favourite thing to bake?
Q3. Describe George Hay in one word?
Q4. Since most of us haven’t been on holiday for a while, do you have a favourite destination you’ve already visited, or somewhere you haven’t yet been to but would love to experience?
I visited Italy as a child and can’t wait to go back. I had a trip planned for last year to the Amalfi Coast and am hoping to finally go once restrictions are lifted.
Q5. You joined George Hay after finishing your A-levels. For you, what have been the benefits of being able to work in a practice environment whilst you study?
It’s great to be able to get practical experience while studying towards a qualification. I find it really helps solidify my learning when I can use the skills learnt in my day-to-day role.
Q6. What are you looking forward to most now that lockdown restrictions are easing?
I am definitely looking forward to going shopping again – online shopping just isn’t the same!
Q7. What does a typical day involve for the bookkeeping team?
No two days are the same for us! In the run up to the VAT deadline I will usually be found completing a client’s bookkeeping, running their VAT return, and liaising with them to get it approved. Software is also a big part of our day-to-day, since many of our clients have embraced digital tools to improve the quality of and access to data, and so I have got to know my way around a variety of different software packages since joining the team.
Q8. Your profile tells us you love animals – but if you could be any animal for just one day, what would it be and why?
At this time of year, I would like to be a cat so I could curl up on a chair in the sunshine.
Q9. How has your role evolved, since joining George Hay, and what do you enjoy most about being part of the team?
When I joined the team, I was involved in basic Bookkeeping tasks. Now, having worked through my AAT Level 3 studies, I have developed the knowledge to enable me to take on more complex tasks and VAT returns. I enjoy working as part of the team and being able to learn from my colleagues is really valuable.
Q10. Your profile also tells us you’re a keen photographer. How did it come about as a hobby of yours and do you have a favourite thing to photograph?
I was given a camera for a birthday present as a child, just before a holiday and I really enjoyed capturing the experience. My favourite thing to photograph would have to be my dogs!