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'My job has brought great opportunities'

Michael enjoys visits to the Cheltenham races
Michael enjoys visits to the Cheltenham races
Michael originally thought about a career in architecture before accountancy (stock photo)

Q&A: Michael Jennings

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: Always look to be positive in your outlook in life and business.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A: When starting in business, make sure it's a business you are passionate about and enjoy. Always stay patient and calm in dealing with the challenges along the way.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A: I enjoyed maths and art at school and seriously considered a career in architecture before choosing accountancy.

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Q: What are your hobbies and interests?

A: I enjoy watching and participating in most sports, particularly playing and watching golf and soccer. I used to coach and participate in taekwondo martial arts quite a while ago and often wish I'd been able to keep that going. I also love following horse racing. I've been fortunate to enjoy trips to Cheltenham and locally to Down Royal races on many occasions.

Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company BDO?

A: I've thoroughly enjoyed working at BDO and the fantastic opportunities which have come my way. BDO NI has grown significantly over the years but the partners and staff have maintained a very friendly, approachable and supportive culture and a warm and respectful relationship with our clients and referrers.

Q: How do you sum up working in the insolvency/business advisory sector?

A: It is always a challenge, with every day different as you never know what business or sector may need your help and advice. In my role within BDO, I've been very fortunate to be part of a team which has succeeded in saving over 4,000 local jobs through rescuing distressed and troubled businesses which is hugely rewarding.

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