Staff Feature - Angelika Cajigal
1. Your name and your job title
Angelika Cajigal, Trainee Accountant
2. A little bit about yourself
I’m 21 years old and have been working at Peregrine for two years. I’m originally from the Philippines and moved to the Isle of Man in 2011 where I joined St Ninians High School to start and complete my GCSE’s. I decided I wanted to attend the Isle of Man College where I studied a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Business which gave me an insight into a wide range of subjects such as economics, law, HR, marketing and accountancy. That’s when I realised I would quite like to study to become an Accountant so begun my journey looking for a Trainee Accountant role.
3. What was your first job?
My first job was working in a local restaurant as a waitress. The hours were long while I was studying at the college but I enjoyed the variety of tasks I was given to do, particularly serving our customers. Working in the restaurant helped me build up my confidence and gave me a good grounding to work hard and juggle my time.
4. What did you want to be when you were at school?
I either wanted to be a TV presenter or an Air Hostess. However, when I looked into becoming an Air Hostess, I realised that you needed to be over a certain height. I’m really small so quickly realised that it wouldn’t work out!
5. What qualifications/training do you need for your job?
For my role at Peregrine I needed to have three A-Levels or the equivalent (I have a BTEC). Once I got my job, I started studying the CAT qualification which is giving me a good understanding of accountancy. I will then go onto study the ACCA qualification and once I’ve done that, I will be a qualified Accountant! It’s a long process but will be worth it when I qualify in a few years’ time. I find working and studying at the same time really helps me learn as I can put things into practice.
6. What is the best thing about your job?
I do find it very challenging but of course challenging doesn’t have to be a bad thing! I really enjoy working with everyone in the office and I’m lucky that I work in a close knit team. Every day is different and the workload I have is very interesting. I think working in a smaller firm means you have a lot more exposure to different things so you are constantly learning and gaining new experiences all the time.
7. What is the most difficult thing about your job?
My job requires a lot of focus and being able to manage under pressure while ensuring every detail of your work is accurate. I have to prioritise our clients and ensure that they are given the best quality of service – we like happy clients!
8. What are the most important qualities you need in your role?
You need to be a good communicator and be able to pick up the phone at any moment to speak to our clients, being phone shy isn’t an option! I think you also need to be able to solve problems, able to manage your time well and have good writing skills. It’s also important to have plenty of determination as training to become an Accountant isn’t easy.
9. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into the same industry?
You need to be dedicated and motivated. It’s also worth bearing in mind that you should be ready to sacrifice a lot of your own spare time which will be spent attending revision classes and doing your own self-study. You also need to be disciplined as it is really hard, particularly in the first few months to balance your work, studies and personal life. Most importantly though, just enjoy it!
10. What do you do outside of work?
Having scared you all into believing I never have any spare time as I’m either at work doing my day job or at home studying for exams, I do find that it’s important to take a little bit of time out to spend with my friends and family to switch off from. I also enjoy going to the gym and taking photographs. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.