In this article, we’d like to introduce you to Rosie Bennett, FI Tutor at our FI Birmingham and Online Centre. Learn about Rosie’s journey to becoming an FI tutor and how her experience has been teaching at FI.
Where did you work before coming to FI?
My background is predominantly in industry – I worked my way up to the regional Finance Manager / Financial Controller level. I worked across many industries including; car rental, education, roofing and IT, all in a Management Accounting/Financial Reporting capacity. I dealt with key stakeholders internally and externally for the companies I worked for – at the same time as completing my ACCA qualification.
Once qualified, I moved into a completely different role as a Forensic Accountant (which I completed my university degree in) which involved investigations in areas such as fraud and insurance claims. Then due to the pandemic, as well as the company being far away in London, I decided to look for another role. So, I applied for the tutor role at FI in Birmingham.
What originally attracted you to become a tutor?
It was something completely different for me that I had never explored before. I had grown up around education (my mother and grandmother both taught) so I always had in the back of my mind I would never be a teacher/tutor – yet here I am today! I wanted to get out of the industry world and couldn’t see myself in practice, so thought being a tutor was a new, but challenging role and I really wanted a challenge! And I am so glad I made the move.
What is your favourite thing about working at FI?
The level of support from peers and managers – from personal support to training and development. There’s always something new you can get involved in to enhance skills and build your career!
What is your role at FI and what do you teach?
I am a tutor for FI Birmingham and our Online Centre, which means I teach both in centre and also via our Online Live platform. I am also the subject manager for Financial Accounting (CIMA & ACCA). I teach Financial Accounting modules, Financial Reporting modules and Audit & Assurance modules across ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW & some AAT.
What are the main challenges of being a tutor?
The variety of skill and business acumen that a single class of learners have. Some learners pick things up very quickly, whilst others really struggle and it’s all about finding the balance to address the needs of all learners in the time we have together, which can be challenging at times.
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