Coming out of university with a degree in Economics and Management, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. The pandemic then hit and my initial thoughts to embark on career in consultancy changed course. A friend suggested I look into gaining the ACA qualification and it looked interesting, so I began applying.
I stumbled across Mercia and subsequently found Shipleys. My interview at Shipleys gave me a real positive boost – the people were friendly and the firm actually came across as a real community I would be happy being part of.
Starting during one of the pandemic lock-downs was tough, but I got on really well with my fellow trainees and this strengthened my sense of belonging even further. Since restrictions lifted, coming into the office and meeting everyone has been brilliant and I think all the team is fantastic.
I greatly enjoy the job’s technical aspect and the fact that it gives me an insight into the financial aspects of some major businesses. I’ve been given opportunities to experience different types of work, for example I helped working on internal controls over data and capital requirement calculations for a global broker.
I’ve also been lucky enough to work alongside and learn from some amazing people. They have been a massive influence on my development, and I am truly thankful for that.
A key thing I love about Shipleys LLP is its people and culture. It’s exactly how I want my work/life balance to be and it feels like a place where the people actually come first.
We all take pride in our work and work hard, but we also enjoy ourselves. There are plenty of social activities across the firm. I’ve particularly enjoyed the five-a-side football which offers great opportunities to get to know other colleagues.
Don’t be afraid to show your personality at the interview stage. You wouldn’t be being interviewed if the firm didn’t think you were capable of the job. The way you interact with other people in the office is important though. That’s why the culture at Shipleys is so great!
I’d also recommend looking closely into ACA and fully understand what the training involves. Three years and 15 exams is a real commitment, but I think it’s worth it!