Jo’s Australian experiences

With about 2 weeks left of work in Australia, my time here has passed just as quickly as I thought it would. The tight filing deadlines in Australia means that everyone in the office is working hard through October to get jobs completed. Working in Oz here has been a fantastic opportunity to gain insight to a different office culture and get to grips with different reporting requirements.

But it’s not all work! Australia offers the perfect opportunity for lots of fun and adventures. Living on Bondi Beach I had to give surfing a try (although I don’t think I’ll give up my day job just yet). It also means we can go for a dip in the sea after a long day in the office.

I have spent my weekends trekking and rock climbing in the Blue Mountains, sea kayaking, paddleboarding, doing coastal walks, running a 14km ‘fun run’ and sailing Sydney Harbour in an America’s Cup yacht. When in need of a rest from all the sporting activities, I have been to watch a Wallabies vs All Blacks Rugby Union game, seen a Women’s Adventure Film Festival, stared through Australia’s oldest working telescope (1874) at the Sydney Observatory, been to a chocolate festival and watched Harry Potter at the Sydney Opera House accompanied by a live symphony orchestra!

And yet there are still more adventures to come. By the time I make it back to the office in December I hope to have completed my PADI diving course, been canyoning, jet-skiing and (to top it all off,) skydiving. November is set to be an adrenaline filled month! Let’s hope I make it back in one piece, ready for the office Christmas party!

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Joanne MacCourt

My name is Joanne MacCourt - I work in the Shipleys Godalming office and I'm currently on secondment in Australia.

Australian adventures

Apart from work, taking on the Australian lifestyle has been much easier due to the apartment I call home being on one of the most famous beaches in the world, Bondi. Six weeks in I have added to my workout wardrobe to fully immerse myself in this active community with sunrise runs, yoga/barre sessions in the evenings and surfing on the weekend. All of the activities are appropriately followed by a mean green machine smoothie from one of the many healthy hangouts in Bondi. Even though it is winter, the sun is shining with bright blue skies every single day. Quite a change from the constant grey canvas of London.

Every down time moment I have been given I have hit the road to tick off as many items on my Australian bucket list as possible. One weekend I travelled to Port Stephens to go hump back whale watching as they have come into the bays to have their calves. When I saw the first puff it was a little disappointing, but then came the tail slaps and a finale of the whole whale’s body leaping out the ocean. Breathe taking, a moment never to be forgotten.

The following weekend, I caught the train to the Blue Mountains. For six hours a day, I hiked up and down these beautiful mountains with loads of cockatoos swooping over the canopy. The name of the mountains comes from the eucalyptus trees releasing oils into the air, which when sunlight hits gives a blue tint. It must be one of the most beautiful views I ever laid my eyes on.

I recently celebrated one of my greatest achievements down in Sydney harbour. Through hard work, lack of social life and pure determination, I passed my finals and I can now officially say I am chartered accountant. I was flooded with sweetest messages from friends, family and of course the Shipleys gang, who have patiently listened to my moaning over the last three years!

I must once again thank Shipleys for this opportunity, without them, these memories would not exist. I look forward to telling you more about my adventures in my next post.

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Hebe Travis

My name is Hebe Travis and I am in the final year of my training working as an audit senior at Shipleys LLP.

Sydney Secondment 2017

10 days after my finals, I was flown out to Sydney to join Hall Chadwick firm (HC) who we have great ties with via the AGN network. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful as I settled into my new role. I had to quickly scrub up my speech skills as they requested an introduction of myself to the whole firm in the monthly announcements meeting. The previous secondees from Shipleys had set the bar high by singing the British national anthem, a lot was to be expected. I just about survived the spotlight!

The work has been exciting but challenging due to the different type of clientele here at HC. In the first 4 weeks I joined a team working on a public listed company audits. The first client was in the financial services industry and the second client was an investment company focussing on the agricultural industry. The quantity of work was much larger then I had ever tackled, but by applying all techniques used in practice at Shipleys and my knowledge from college, I managed to keep up the pace. The strict filing line for listed companies crept up quickly but as a team we managed to get everything done in time. The celebration drinks down in the Rocks for that Friday was definitely well deserved.

I am thrilled with my work planner coming as I am outward bound to Brisbane then onto Melbourne for my next jobs, still at heart a tourist when off the clock. These will be large limited companies, working on site with smaller teams. One of my favourite parts of auditing is meeting a client onsite and appreciating all the passion and effort they drill into their own business year on year. It shall also be a great opportunity to bond with my new colleagues on a more personal level as we wine and dine in the cities each night.

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Hebe Travis

My name is Hebe Travis and I am in the final year of my training working as an audit senior at Shipleys LLP.

A month at the Godalming Office

I have been working as a tax trainee at Shipleys Godalming Office for just over a month now, and what a month it has been. Having graduated in History it was certainly a daunting prospect entering work at an accountancy firm but everyone here has been welcoming and made me feel right at home.

It started with an induction which was a nice chance to say hello to everyone and good way to get to know the place. I was given work to get on with from the get go which was super helpful in furthering my understanding of the day to day workings of the tax department here. The fact that they are supporting my training and qualifications in order to become a Chartered Tax Adviser is also an amazing opportunity. Welcome drinks came at the end of my first week which was a great opportunity to meet everyone in a relaxed environment and good way to welcome me to the firm.

People were quick to invite me to the various activities that go on around here such as the annual Shipleys golf day which is certain to be a good laugh as well as two other drinks events for other members of staff. It definitely good to be a part of such a social group of people. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my work here and I look forward to whatever is coming my way over the rest of the year!

Will be sure to post again soon with some more updates! Until next time.

Alexander Beck

I graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in History then took a year out working in fashion and travelling before joining Shipleys as a Tax Trainee in July 2017. I am currently studying to get my ATT and CTA qualifications. Outside of work I enjoy playing sports and travelling.

First week at Shipleys

So my first week at Shipleys… Amazing! On my first day I was given an induction, showed around the office and introduced to the team (who are all Super friendly!).  I joined Shipleys in the Godalming office as an Accounts Junior specialising in accounts preparation, and by the Tuesday I was already working on a small Limited Companies accounts. Its great that I had plenty of work to get my teeth  into in the first week! Whenever I wasn’t sure on something all I had to do was ask another staff member and they were more than willing to help me.

Come Friday I was really pleased at how my first week at Shipleys had gone – I’d already learnt lots of new things and met some amazing people –  everyone at Shipleys made me feel really welcome. We all went to the pub for a drink at lunch to congratulate me on my first week in the company! I can’t wait to further my career at Shipleys and start my ACCA training – in which they are supporting me along the way!

Until my next post

Gavin Gore
Accounts Junior

Gavin Gore

I completed my AAT Studies from Level 2 to Level 4 alongside working in a small firm of accountants in my hometown of Bristol. A short time after graduating as an accounting technician I moved to Godalming with my partner and joined Shipleys in July 2017 as an Accounts Junior, specialising in accounts preparation. I am soon to start my ACCA Studies with Shipleys. Outside work I enjoy seeing friends and being adventurous.