Sheridan Maine partner with CIMA to launch new Career Academy initiative

Last Thursday, Sheridan Maine unveiled its first Career Academy launch evening in partnership with CIMA at the Hilton Hotel in Basingstoke. The event was a roaring success, with speakers Mike Carter, Body Language Expert and Alex Gregory, Olympic Gold Medallist Rower and 5 times World Champion delivering some fantastic insights into the importance of soft skills in achieving career success.

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Sheridan Maine have now launched their exclusive Career Academy initiative; a continuous suite of workshops, speaker events and one-to-one sessions designed to improve and develop accountants’ softer skills to complement their professional accountancy qualifications. Research by Harvard, Carnegie Foundations and Stanford Research Centre has revealed that 85% of job success comes from people skills and with so much reliance being placed these days by companies on softer skills, Sheridan Maine wanted to create a programme to support finalists and newly-qualified accountants in their professional development.

The launch evening kicked off with an introduction by Sarah Ghosh, CIMA’s Central Southern Chair, before Managing Director, David Heron presented the Career Academy initiative to the CIMA-qualified attendees.

We were very lucky to have Alex Gregory join us for the evening, delivering a highly motivational speech detailing the obstacles and hurdles he has overcome and the motivational shifts and skills he has had to develop to become a world champion and gold medallist rower. From his casual step into the world of rowing and his journey through some difficult times, he provided a truly valuable and highly relatable perspective and the feedback from delegates has been phenomenal!

We were then joined by Mike Carter who travelled all the way from Brighton to join us for the event. Following an amusing body language analysis of Alex and David, Mike gave delegates a crash course in some key body language habits to adopt, and those to avoid! Some volunteers from the audience were asked to wear expressive masks for one of the exercises which showed the instant impact that body language can have and the importance of using effective body language techniques in scenarios such as interviews and presentations.

After a thought-provoking and idea-packed evening, attendees left feeling inspired by a resilient Olympian, and with an increased awareness of what they were doing with their hands! We look forward to welcoming delegates to our next Career Academy event – stay tuned!