I'm after some career advice from the community, anything would be a great help.
I've been working in finance now for over 10 years, and I'm currently a Financial Controller and part of the senior management/board for a tech company. The company has grown from a £3m to £10m turnover in my time. I am the most senior Finance member of staff. I have an Accountancy Degree, and I am currently studying my CIMA exams. I have passed one so far (E1).
I love what I do and love where I work, but I have two none work related situations that have brought me to a crossroads, hence the reason for the post. The first is a recent health issue, having been diagnosed with Epilepsy, I had my first seizures over the last few months at 33, having never had any signs or symptoms previously. The second is my eldest child has a Severe Learning Disability which means he requires a high level of care and support. He is coming towards the end of primary school age, and I am conscious that he will require longer term support over the next 5-10 years and onwards.
All of this has brought a sort of lightbulb moment for me, and made me think about what I'm going to do long term.
Without blowing my own trumpet (something I don't like to do), I am well skilled in what I do, hence where I have got to so far, without doing my exams. I was a finalist of four regional accountancy award categories in 2019, and have developed a wide range of skills, having worked with and alongside some fantastic individuals throughout my career. I've built in depth financial models and presented to senior executives internally and externally (our bank's feedback on a our recent CBILS presentation was that it was the most impressive they had seen)
I have full faith and confidence in my abilities, I'm just unsure on what are the next steps for me, and where I go with the skillset I have developed. I think long term, I harbour desires of doing something on my own, whether that be financial/business consulting, bookkeeping, or something of that mold. I want to be able to do something that will allow me to give my eldest the best opportunities in his own life. Money is a nice to have, but its far from the most important thing to me, nor is it my biggest driver.
I'd be keen to get others thoughts on where I could potentially go next, any advice on whether CIMA is the best route for me, or whether I should look at other qualifications. Ideas on reading, podcasts, and other useful information. Or anybody who would be interested in being a mentor or adviser.
Thanks in advance