I am now heading in to my third month with Shipley’s as a VAT trainee in the London office. The VAT team in London were very understanding of my limited accounting experience, and were more than happy to answer the countless questions I had – and still have!
As the submission of VAT returns is a monthly aspect within this department, I have hit the ground running and assisted in the submission of a number of these. Similarly, I have also been tasked on a number of occasions with the drafting of VAT returns. Whilst sitting in front of a bulk of information seemed daunting at first, my supervisors were on hand to help with any queries I had.
The social scene in the London office has also made me feel very welcome, with a number of my colleagues joining me at the pub for welcome drinks on my first day. As a tea lover, the offers for a cup of tea at all hours of the day make for a very welcoming and friendly environment. My first few months at Shipley’s have been great, the hands on experience has helped me gain a true understanding of the workings of the VAT department and the friendly atmosphere is really nice to work in.