Line Egelund Thuesen
Moving from communications to accounting – while leveraging both skillsets
Line Egelund Thuesen works as a senior in Audit & Assurance in Kolding, but her Deloitte journey started in Copenhagen five years ago – a journey that came about as somewhat of a coincidence. Before Deloitte, Line pictured herself working in communication.
Initially, Line moved from Copenhagen to Aarhus to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication. But every time she applied for a student position within communication, she somehow always ended up with a job offer within finance. She took that as a sign and proclaimed to her family: “I think I’m going to have to be an accountant”. Looking back, the possibility of being educated simultaneously with working also appealed greatly to her, and that is how Line ended up as a communication trained graduate in Audit & Assurance.
Success is a journey – not a destination
I have not always been known for my patience – but nonetheless, today I am grateful to have ended up in an organisation like Deloitte that provides an environment for constant development. By commencing my journey to become an accountant a bit later in life than most other graduates, I was introduced to the training from a different perspective. I knew how to communicate my dreams and be specific about what motivated me to be my very best. Whether it has been in terms of my dreams for personal development, or when I asked to be transferred from working with small clients to large clients, I have always felt strong support and have been shown nothing but support in accommodating my wish for growth and change. It might not always go as rapidly as desired – but there are countless possibilities in Deloitte, and it will happen when you put your best foot forward.
Some have asked if I ever regret spending three years on a bachelor’s degree in communication, as I could otherwise have been three years further in my career as an accountant. But I don’t see those years as wasted. Quite the contrary. I see my background in communication as a strength and an enabler to have gained a strong set of tools within project management and communicating complexity at eye level. I actively use my background to reach my goal of becoming a close, professional sounding board for my clients.
Talent development in focus
During the five years I have been with Deloitte, I have seen significant changes in how we work. Not only was my profile a bit unconventional when I first started, but I am also part of a generation that more than ever expects training programmes to be customised to the individual and facilitate growth opportunities that fit our personal goals. I truly admire how a large organisation like Deloitte with long-lasting traditions aims to accommodate this, while having a high focus on talent development. It became particularly clear when I was chosen as one of the winners of the Audit Quality Award last year. After having transitioned to our Kolding office and taken over a large legacy client, I was acknowledged for going above and beyond in my project management of the client and because I succeeded in streamlining the audit. I was lucky to have a partner close to me who could see the results of how I restructured our client work in this case, and how it not only improved the client relationship but also motivated the team that handled the account. It felt like such a personal acknowledgement for both the accountant and the communication specialist in me and made my transition from one office to a new one that much easier. Once again, this emphasised that we are one big team and we lift each other up – not in spite of, but because of our different competencies.
Next stop: becoming a state-authorised public accountant
When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down our world at the beginning of 2020, a new adventure began for me. In many cases, we went from being a clearly defined finance and accounting partner for our clients to suddenly being a much wider sounding board. We were all thrown into a new digital way of working, and our clients had to rely on us remotely while helping our clients navigate the Government’s new financial support packages, which for many meant either getting through the pandemic or losing their life's work. I felt like we grew ten years in just ten months, and I am incredibly proud of standing on the other side with a strengthened relationship – not only with my clients but also with Deloitte, the latter sending me towards my next adventure of becoming a state-authorised public accountant, which will start in 2021.