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How Did I Get Here? Ian McDougall, Haines Watts

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3rd May 2005
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Continuing our How Did I Get Here? series, Ian McDougall describes his career from training at Earnst & Young to becoming Corporate Finance Partner at Haines.

Current job title
Corporate Finance Partner in the Glasgow office of Haines Watts.

Haines Watts, a rapidly growing top 15 firm in Scotland, has been providing advice to businesses in Scotland for a number of years and offers all the financial advisory disciplines you would expect to see in a mid tier accountancy firm at competitive fee rates, providing excellent value for money. We provide a comprehensive financial advisory service that is delivered in a personal, friendly manner.

With over 100 staff in offices around Scotland we offer local expertise backed by the resources of a national firm.

Describe your initial training within the profession
Trained with Ernst & Young in Glasgow.

What positions have you held?
After leaving Ernst & Young I ran my own successful niche practice for a few years then joined Haines Watts in 2000 as an equity partner.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering the profession?
Never underestimate yourself and be dedicated ' stick with it.

Is there a significant event you can tell us about which had an impact on your career?
I've made decisions that were wrong and went against what I now appreciate to be a gut feeling. It won't happen again

What is your overall view of the finance industry and the people in it ?
I believe that accountancy gives you a great business grounding. It seems to have a higher profile than a few years ago and the boring tag has been lost. The majority of people are extremely hard working and dedicated although many of them have to get out from behind their desks and into the real world!

Who most inspired you to get where you are today?
My family - they are very supportive. I am never quite content with where I am and am always striving to reach new heights and they have always pushed me forward.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Getting where I am today is a big achievement for me. I think someone who came from nothing and makes a successful life for themselves breaks all sorts of institutional barriers.

Previous career profiles
All the previous career profiles can also be seen in the special How Did I Get Here? page.

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