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Millennials want meaningful work! 3 New Associates at Wellers

Christina Nawrocki 10/4/2020 5 minute read

Christina Nawrocki FCCA describes the career structure at Wellers with the announcements of 3 promotions to Associate level.

Amid the desperate and difficult COVID-19 headlines, we have some great news to share!

We are very proud to announce that Tom Walker, Beth Whitmore, and Ben Brookes are being promoted to the role of Associate. Being based in Oxfordshire, these 3 have progressed through the firm from trainee level. This is a testament to our career path and training structure, plus their commitment to the firm and their dedication to helping our clients. 

Of particular interest will be that Tom, Beth, and Ben are members of Generation Y (Gen Y), also known as millennials. So much has been written and debated about millennials and how to manage what is perceived as a different and challenging generation in the workplace.

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If that was the case, how did our Gen Y group develop a career and achieve promotion? Are they just an anomaly? The reality is perceptions about generations can be very assumptive and deceptive. It's human leadership that's key to the development of all age groups.

What do millennials want in the workplace?

Gen Y usually look for a combination of the following when choosing a place to work:

  • A career path and development
  • To work somewhere with purpose
  • To make a personal difference and have an impact
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Remote and flexible working

Forget about concepts of generations and millennials

So much has been said about millennials and how to go about managing them. Most of it centres on what they want to keep them engaged and fulfilled.

Consider the above list carefully. These are likely to be things most people want in some form or manner from their employers. They're not just unique to one age group, this means in essence they're very human demands.

The list highlights the positive side to millennials, being very vocal about what they want. They're also very good traits for employees in your business to have to support long term growth and development.

Most people want security and progression at work. Who doesn't want to work somewhere that does great things for others and thus positively impacts on the world?

The focus on human beings

When businesses think about managing people by being empathetic and human, employees feel valued, trusted and recognised. In such an environment you'll find millennials will likely thrive. Develop such a culture and many of the next generation will develop into leadership roles and key members of staff.

That's exactly what's happened with Tom, Beth, and Ben. Below they describe their careers at Wellers and what they're looking to do as they take on more responsibility in the future. 

Millennials in the workplace - 3 examples of success

1. Tom Walker

I’ve been fortunate to work with so many unique and insightful people, from Anaesthetists to Zoologists.

I've also advised people and organisations that:

  • Are key to keeping the lights on in people's homes
  • Make vital parts in satellites that are circling the planet as we speak
  • Provide vital healthcare in the form of NHS staff, one of whom was involved directly in the intensive care that saved my mother’s life

In that time I’ve looked at more spreadsheets than I dare to dream of, counted ‘priceless’ works of art one week and 75,000 office chair wheels the next.

There have been challenges along the way but I've learnt from the stories shared by my colleagues and clients and the experience of working with each of them.

The sheer variety of what I do and who I work with is the reason I love what I do. I look forward to using the knowledge I've gained to continue helping clients and developing the next generation of staff at Wellers.

Infographic: Which Working Benefits Do Millennials Value Most? | Statista

2. Beth Whitmore

My story at Wellers began in 2008, a sprightly 17 year old with the world at my feet. After my school years came to an end, I fell into accounting so easily, it was as if I had decided on my career from an early age.

As a child I used to save my pocket money each week without fail, counting down the weeks until I had enough for my latest investment; the big one being the 12 foot trampoline I absolutely had to have.

My main role began and remains at our Thame office. I have lived in Thame my entire life surrounded by family and friends. It’s been a privilege to work alongside the local residents and businesses and help our town thrive.

By the time I qualified ACCA some years later I had already had the privilege of learning and growing side by side with so many fantastic clients that range from farms, construction, fulfilment, and automotive. Having spent the first few years of my life living in a pub, it was no surprise that I took a shine to the hospitality sector.

The most rewarding part of my career is having people look to us for advice and building strong relationships. Knowing that our clients trust that we have the knowledge and experience needed to make sense of any situation and have their best interests at heart.

Becoming an associate drives that passion to look after both our clients and our staff and to create new connections that will lead to great things.

Almost half of my life has been supported by Wellers and I am thrilled to become a central part of the firm to continue to ensure that we care for our people and their futures. This is especially the case at a time when it seems we need to look out for one another more than ever.

3. Ben Brookes

I joined Wellers as an ACCA trainee in December 2010 having completed an Accounting degree at Southampton University. I was thrown in at the deep end being invited to the infamous Christmas Party in my first week which certainly gave me a great insight into accountants and how much they like to party!

Since then I've developed a very varied portfolio of clients from agriculture to scientific research and just about everything in-between.

The most interesting part of my job is working alongside passionate entrepreneurs, helping their businesses grow so that they can turn their visions and aspirations into reality.

Moving forward I'm looking to continue to grow close business relationships with current and future clients. Training our staff is very important too so that we can continue to help clients on their entrepreneurial journey.

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