Successfully balancing work and family

17 Jul 2020

Dorcas Otoo, has worked within our Audit and Accounts department for almost a decade, providing a wide range of clients with compliance services. Dorcas started out as an audit senior and worked her way up to a management position. All this whilst being a full-time working parent.

In our latest team story, we caught up with Dorcas to discuss her time at GE so far and how she balances her two roles of parent and Manager. 

What is your current role at GE? What do you enjoy most about it? 

My title is Audit and Business Services Manager – I work across both the audit and accounts department, managing a portfolio of clients and providing compliance services for them. 

What I enjoy most about my role is twofold;

  1. Firstly, I enjoy meeting clients and working alongside them to meet all the necessary deadlines. After continuously working on a task, I’m always delighted when my clients are happy with the outcome!
  2. Secondly, the variety of my portfolio gives me a good range of projects to work on – I have clients of all different sizes across many different sectors, so no two days are ever the same. 

What has kept you at GE for the past 10 years? 

I’ve never had a reason to go! The people are great – both my clients and the teams that I work with at GE all contribute to a friendly environment that is great fun to work in. 

I’ve also been able to develop professionally; I joined as an audit senior almost 10 years ago and have since progressed to assistant manager and now a manager across the audit and accounts department. Additionally, the firm has been supportive of me as a working parent, giving me the opportunity to  successfully fulfil both my family and working roles.

What has been your biggest challenge in your career so far?

I’d say achieving a good work-life balance has been a challenge. When I first joined GE, my children were very young and I was commuting from South East London up to our Whetstone office, which took up a lot of hours. When I brought it up to my managers, they were understanding of my need to make a change, so I began to work at the City office, which gave me the additional time I needed to spend at home with my family. 

On top of this, the firm has been very supportive of me whenever I have had to , schedule my time around the needs of my children  and working from home where necessary, despite the fact that this was not common practice before coronavirus hit the UK. This means that I can still work full time, whilst meeting all my family commitments, achieving the right balance for me. 

What advice would you give other working parents who don’t have this flexibility?

Voice your needs, talk to your managers and don’t assume that they won’t understand. I think people are more understanding and willing to accommodate working parents nowadays and there’s no harm in being honest and asking.

What advice do you have for trainees starting their careers?

Don’t let anything hold you back, keep on aspiring to reach your dreams and goals, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to!

What are your aspirations for the future?

My goals for the future are to continue to service the needs of my clients, to improve client satisfaction and continue doing what I do – I really enjoy my role! I’d also love to further develop my client portfolio and see that grow.

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