Before dedicating his work full time at CaseWare 6 years ago, Anthony spent 10 years in the accountancy industry in a variety of roles. His passion for accountancy and training made his move to CaseWare a natural fit.
What do you enjoy about working at CaseWare?
The challenge. There’s a huge variety of tasks and projects that all require different levels of focus and ability; you’re constantly learning and adapting for new environments, whether that’s updating our training course from the classic lecture style to a more modern storyboard approach, or preparing to give your first ever presentation at the summer client conference.
How has your role changed since the outbreak of Covid-19?
In terms of logistics, Covid-19 has changed my role significantly. Usually I’m travelling to clients across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, spending hours in cars, planes and trains; now my commute takes five steps – 8 weeks after and it feels as strange as day one, I feel I should be packing a suitcase but I have nowhere to go.
Now in terms of work, the outbreak has allowed the Education and Media team opportunity to focus on internal projects; updating training material, arranging free webinars and lots more. However, we are also still providing the classic classroom style training, but with a twist, it’s now being successfully delivered online thanks to the wonders of the internet.
What is your biggest challenge now?
My biggest challenges at work provided by Covid-19, is separating work and real life. It’s something that I know is tough for a lot of people and it can be a real challenge now that working from home is our life.
How have you adapted to working from home, and do you have any tips to share?
I wouldn’t say I’ve fully adapted and I don’t know how or if I would fully adapt. What I know has helped me the past 8 weeks is taking the time each day to connect with someone. A laugh for ten minutes can really turn a day around and without that break during a work day I would not be as productive.
Also, get out for a walk (following the government guidance ;)) do some push ups or turn the music up offensively loud and blurt out your favourite 1990’s rap song – amazing the difference it can make!
What is your favourite TV show?
Mandalorian – It’s Star Wars and needs no further explanation
What is your favourite dinner?
A well-made spaghetti bolognese – can’t beat it!
What was the last book you read?
Everything is F*cked – Mark Manson interesting chap with some unforgettable anecdotes.
What was the best holiday you have ever been on?
Kenya – Incredible people and my favourite part of the world. Also, you learn from a young age key swahili terms that come in handy “hukuna matata”.
Do you have any hobbies?
Usually I would say travel, football & reading, but at the moment have no hobbies apart from re-wiring, re-plumbing and re-building my house from top down. Due to my pencil pushing job my hands are taking a battering – and I can’t wait to nurse them back to health holding a pint in a pub!