AAT Comment: The journey to becoming a bookkeeper

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Now a licensed accountant, Sylvia Bourhill FMAAT and business owner, took a typical and atypical route into bookkeeping and accountancy.

Working as part of a mission in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan for more than 10 years, she honed her administrative skills as a bilingual company secretary, where she was responsible for preparing administration budgets and other finance-reporting tasks.

In the 1990s she returned to the UK, working first in a fundraising role for the same mission and later, after getting married, she took on various administrative work for different clients. “I realised I was bored with the filing but quite liked the numbers,” she says.

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