In a time where many of us are conducting business online, we think it’s important to put a face to a name. Our Staff Spotlight series will give you a little insight into the lives of our Nicholsons colleagues. Let’s find out a bit more about Julie Rigby, Accounts.
How long have you been with Nicholsons?
What does your job entail?
Daily running of accounts and any adhoc requests – both accounts and sometimes office related.
What’s the best part of your job?
Besides working with Michelle (our Office Manager), I love when I unravel something that would normally sit in the “too hard pile”. These annoying problems happen from time to time and are quite often bill/disbursement related. Michelle and I usually tackle them together, brainstorming different scenarios to see which is going to work best. It’s a high five moment when it works out.
What’s the best advice you can give to someone who just started their career?
Listen, watch and take notes (but not in a stalker type of way). It’s good to be confident, but check before you act – especially if it could have a negative impact on the client.
What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
Actively listening, checking your work (before you press the “no going back” button), and taking notes. Michelle will tell you that I note almost everything, as more often than not, we have to refer back to the ‘tricky stuff’ sometimes a year or two later. A wordy explanation of why we did something is always useful.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Very tough question. I didn’t actually go into accounts as a career, it just happened. When I left school (back in the olden days) there weren’t really any job prospects unless you wanted to be a Stock Broker in London (I’m not even joking). So, as my Mum didn’t want me to work in a factory, she suggested I study typing at school so I had a chance of getting a job in an office – and it worked. My first job at 16 was an Office Junior, which paid the princely sum of 25 quid a week (gotta love Thatcher’s Britain). But given my time over again, I think I would like to do something a little more creative. Whether that be sewing or gardening or drawing… something along those lines perhaps.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m not Scottish or Irish. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve been asked what part of Scotland I’m from. Or that I used to be a debt collector back in the UK. I was employed by my local Council as a Council Tax (rates) Recovery Officer. It was the sort of thing you didn’t mention in polite company. The answer to ‘what do you do for a job’ was that I worked in the Revenue Department – that always kept me safe from a verbal tirade or worse.
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My mind immediately turns towards music for this, but I’m not sure who I would meet. Maybe to say to Elvis and Cass to ‘step away from the buffet’, or tell Buddy that it’s really not a good idea to get on that plane. Other than that, maybe to just to be in the company of the Beatles or my favourite Springsteen and hang-out for a little while.
How would your family and friends describe you in three words?
Caring, Cheeky, Blunt.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Not cleaning or going to Bunnings – but this is usually what I end up doing on the weekend. I enjoy walking my dog (not very interesting I know), and watching the footy and the cricket when it’s on.
What did you want to be growing up?
As I said before, there weren’t many prospects in the 80’s in England. I just wanted to work so I could buy clothes and records… yes actual physical records – LP’s. I think the only ambition I had when I was at school was that I wanted to learn to drive – so yes, I had to work so I could afford driving lessons!
Can you recommend a book you have recently read.
A colleague recently loaned me a book called “It was you” by Jo Platt. I’m a sucker for a rom-com. Not life changing in any way, but well written and an easy read on the journey into work.
Find out more about Julie Rigby and our team.