Sarah L Pumfrett FCCA, CMIIA
senior internal auditor
Shell International Limited

Having left school at 16, Sarah wasn't sure what career path she wanted to pursue. It wasn't until 1998 when she had two job options – driving an ambulance and training to be a paramedic or taking a role as an internal audit clerk, that she knew which would be right for her.

Sarah chose to study the ACCA Qualification because she knew there was prestige attached to getting the ACCA letters after her name. She recognised that ACCA would open doors that other qualifications wouldn't, both in terms of transferability across employment sectors and international recognition.

'ACCA isn't an easy option. It will take hours of study, experience and hard work. But the dedication will pay dividends as employers recognise the value qualified accountants bring to business. It's a profession with great flexibility, which truly can be fitted around your 'life' in terms of work/life balance.'

Sarah's career as an accountant has given her lots of opportunities to travel and work globally. 'It's a career where both your earning and travel potential are limited only by the opportunities you choose.'