Rugby player transfers skills from pitch to new role at King's Lynn chartered accountants firm
Keen rugby player Henry Rust will be bringing teamwork skills he has learned on the pitch to his new role at a Lynn firm of chartered accountants.
As a player at West Norfolk Rugby Club the 23-year-old from Lynn is used to showing discipline and commitment to get the best result – and will be drawing on these strengths in his career at Stephenson Smart's office in King Street.
Following a degree in accountancy and finance, Henry is studying for his ACCA and hopes to become a chartered certified accountant within the next two years.
His interest in accountancy began at the age of 15 after witnessing family members working in the profession.
Henry said: “A lot of things steered me in this direction. I’ve always been keen on numbers and I’m quite mathematically minded. I did some work experience and I decided it was something that I wanted to pursue.
“I love sports, it’s nice to get out there and release some energy. It also taught me good leadership and communication skills at a young age, which I have been fortunate enough to transfer to my role here at Stephenson Smart.
“I’m really enjoying the work and everyone has been extremely supportive and encouraging."
Henry plays rugby for West Norfolk as a hooker and has competed for the Junior Vase trophy at Twickenham, amongst other key competitions.
Claire Melton, partner at Stephenson Smart said: “Henry is progressing very well with his studies and has settled in with the team at the office.
“He has a real commitment and passion to his rugby, which he is also bringing to his accountancy work. It’s this discipline and drive that makes you succeed and Henry has that in abundance.”
Henry is one of a handful of students across Norfolk to be supported by Stephenson Smart.
Each trainee takes the desired qualification while working in one of Stephenson Smart’s offices shadowing senior accountants and completing training days at Kaplan in Norwich.
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