Not an ordinary accountant

Christa Worth joined Moore Stephens Isle of Man in 2011 as an audit graduate trainee after achieving a First Class Honours Business Management degree at the Isle of Man Business School. Now an audit assistant, she has completed 10 exams, leaving just five more before becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant. During the last 15 months, Christa has won the Watts prize and the Howitt prize for her extraordinary results.

C518 227As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I used to want to work in art and design - product designer, interior designer or architect. I still like to do crafts in my spare time.

What was your first job?

When I was 17 I worked during the summer at Moore Stephens. I started helping out with admin in the first year. I worked every summer until I joined the firm in 2011 and had experience in trust, shipping and audit which led to me working in audit.

Who taught you, or how did you learn, to handle money?

As a child my parents gave me £2 a week pocket money and rather than spend it, I used to save it up. My dad helped me decide where to save my money and how to budget.

If you weren’t doing your current job, what else might you be doing?

I am interested in management accounting. This involves using data to help the company make decisions such as deciding what investment is the best for the company and how many products to produce.

What motivates you?

I really do enjoy working in auditing. I am very motivated to qualify as an accountant. Once you qualify, the lines of work you can go into broaden hugely.

Where in your job or career do you find most satisfaction?

I like making recommendations to clients to improve their financial statements. The variety of working with varied people and their businesses; understanding how their businesses work and the challenges they face is extremely satisfying.

C518 186What do you do to relax?

I like baking every weekend, especially chocolate cake! I like reading and going for walks with my friends and family.

(If you studied in the UK) what made you return to the Isle of Man?

I studied at the Isle of Man Business School as I wanted to stay with friends and family. I thought Business Studies would be useful in getting an office job and I was attracted by the small class sizes.

Who do you / have you looked up to for inspiration?

I always look up to my dad for inspiration. He worked his way up as an accountant, despite not qualifying. He was able to travel around the world with his job and became very skilled in what he did.

What is your favourite quote or motto?

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” Erica Jong, author and teacher.

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