For Maritime UK Week 2022, the Port of Dover is spotlighting the wide range of careers available within the maritime industry. From school leavers and new grads to those changing careers, there’s a huge amount on offer. Each day this week, we’ll be sharing a profile of an individual who works at the Port of Dover to provide an insight into what everyday life is like within a maritime-focused role and the experiences and opportunities on offer.
Erica – Accountant (Apprentice)
What made you want to join this industry?
I decided to join this industry due to the wide variety of work it provides. This was a great opportunity to undertake my Level 4 AAT course and gain experience at the same time, not to mention the beautiful views of the Port of Dover and sea.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I mostly enjoy the people I work with within my department, but I’ve always had a passion for numbers which I can exploit in this role.
What would you say to someone who wants to join the industry?
The Port of Dover is a friendly place and has a great atmosphere. Everybody is always happy to help and supportive no matter which department or area. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the Port of Dover and would encourage anyone to join the ports industry.
What the strengths that make your job in the industry stimulating?
I have great problem-solving and communication skills, as a finance team member we often need to talk to and work with other departments to meet objectives.
Erica’s Typical Workday
8:30AM – 9:30AM: Completing and submitting VAT returns
9:30AM – 10:30AM: Finance approvals
10:30AM – 11:30AM: Cost centre review meetings with budget holders
11:30AM – 12:00PM: Liaising with project management office for project approvals
12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch
1:00PM – 3:00PM: Scrapping and updating fixed assets
3:00PM – 3:30PM: Revenue and cost fix journal uploads
3:30PM – 4:30PM: Updating and reviewing month end management accounting files
4:30PM – 5:00PM: Accruals and prepayments