The butterfly effect

Georgiana Head examines how education is the key to diversity and explains how your firm can play its part in reaching out

Over the last few months I’ve been thinking about diversity in the tax market and how we can improve on it. Ask yourself how you started your career in tax? Did you apply as a graduate? Did you do the Civil Service Milkround? Did you know someone who worked as an accountant? When did you first know about tax as a discipline? Did you, like me, subliminally absorb the names of large accountancy firms by seeing them on the sides of the pens and pencils in a parent’s office?

How do we get a more diverse population at an entry level to the tax profession? How do we raise social mobility? I think the key is education, explaining to children in schools what tax is and how tax can be a potential career path.