Student perspective - Alice
I hadn’t really thought about a career in accountancy until after I had left University. I studied business management at Cardiff University, and then worked after graduating I joined for a large multinational company withinin their legal department. After a short period I was growing tired of working for such a large company, and wanted a role with more progression and input. I had studied (and enjoyed) a couple of accountancy modules at university, and so I started reading up on on qualification and about the ACA.
I stumbled across the SWAT website, and submitted an online application. FortunatelyI was quite lucky in the fact that they had an assessment day coming up in a couple of days, and had some spare spaces – so I went along.
Before the assessment day SWAT gave us a list of firms that they recruit into, which we had to rank in preference order. Shipleys stood out for me, mainly because of it’s West End location, and also from browsing their website, it seemed as though it would be a firm that suited my personality.
I wasn’t wrong – from my first (extremely relaxed) day at Shipleys I knew I had made the right decision, everyone was so friendly and welcoming that I felt at ease straight away. Almost immediately you are thrown in at the deep end, and head off to Kaplan and SWAT to start your studies and training. When you are back in the office you will build upon the ‘theoretical’ knowledge you learn at college, by heading out to a variety of clients with a senior who will help you put your knowledge into practice.
For me, it’s been the best aspect of Shipleys – learning on the job from your seniors, managers, partners, and then as you gain more confidence and are able to work on with clients by yourself you are expected to guide, juniors and pass on your own pearls of wisdom to your juniors. Balancing working life with studying is important in order to get the exam results you need, but so is the social aspect of work. We have regular social events, such as Sports Day in the Summer, our annual Curry Night and most recently a Vegas themed casino night.
Having now finished my exams, without too many major glitches, I am nearing the end of my training contract, and considering the various options available to me next. I would not hesitate to recommend undertaking a training contract here at Shipleys for anyone who is keen to get hands on practical experience in a friendly and sociable environment, whilst studying for a professional qualification.