This has been my first summer in London, and so far it has not disappointed. Even though lots of you looking to become accountancy trainees will be anxious over your first summer without a few months off, I can tell you that being in London and organising things after work and at the weekends makes up for working 9-5.
There’s always something to do, whether you’re with the friends you moved with, friends you made at Kaplan or people from work. In the past month we’ve had a few social events. Terinder talked about our big farewell to Graham Baxter. He will be sorely missed at Shipleys by staff and clients alike, however his leaving party was definitely worthy of the occasion.
We’ve also had some new starters join us! I don’t want to give anything away about your first day at Shipleys, however the first day is something we all look forward to and a good opportunity for you to get to know the staff you’ll be working with for three years (at least!).
Outside of work, as a new Londoner, I’ve made it my goal to visit each of the things on Time Out’s list of “Free Things to do in London over Summer”. So far I’ve visited various pop-up bars and food stalls (not so free but the food and drinks are usually amazing), museums that I would never have noticed before and cycled around some of London’s hidden outdoor spaces.
As far as work goes, I’ve now been at Shipleys a year. To give you some perspective, this means I’m starting to work independently, looking to work in bigger audit teams where I take on the role of Semi-Senior and heading towards my last lot of professional exams in order to become part-qualified. But all of that’s to come after a well-deserved summer holiday!