My Journey from Student to Principal

My wish was to work somewhere large enough to offer variety, opportunities, and excellent training and development provisions, yet small enough to feel actively involved from an early stage of my career, which then led me to select a medium sized firm.

My experience since has definitely backed up this decision. I have worked with a very wide variety of clients ranging from a Formula 1 race team to City stockbrokers and fund managers. I also spent five months on secondment to another firm in Melbourne, gaining international experience but most importantly enjoying the Australian lifestyle!

In addition, the firm have shown the great opportunities which exist for career advancement. My role over the years has changed enormously: audit junior; audit senior; manager; and now principal. This all adds to the variety even when working on the same client.

Yes, accountancy is hard work. Yes, you’ll need to be committed to get through the study. But it’s an excellent career, the rewards are good, and I’ve even had some fun and made some great friends along the way!




Joe Kinton, Shipleys LLP

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