Interesting work and first exams.

Hi guys, since my first post I can safely say that the work has well and truly kicked in, I have been lucky enough to work with different people on different jobs from the film sector to schools. This highlights the diverse range of clients Shipley’s has and also why I wanted to join a firm the size of Shipley’s. I have also found that working with different people on different jobs has been great, it has allowed me to properly get to know my fellow colleagues as well as pick up new skills from them.

One of the stand out events since my last post was the Shipley’s Christmas party. This was a great evening, I met some of the people who were starting in January as well as some people I had previously not spoken to. So with the food and drink flowing it made for quite an entertaining evening.

Away from work I have been studying and recently just taken my first three professional stage exams. Prior to these exams I was in college for a two week revision period, this I thought was really helpful as it allowed me to further my understandings of the topics. College is also a great place to meet a range of people, you are all in the same boat so everyone understands how hard this period can be, I also found that everyone is more than happy to help with problems you may face.

As the exam period is now over its nice to get back to normality especially as I have some interesting jobs lined up over the next couple of weeks.

Happy belated New Year!

My experience of graduate life at Shipleys

As I’m part of the most recent graduate intake, I thought I would give you an overview of what to expect in your first couple of months at Shipleys.

The best place to start is from day 1 – my first day as a graduate employee. We spent the morning getting a formal induction to the office and some systems, then it turned 12 when, shall we say, we were treated to a more informal induction. We got to meet the majority of the audit team in a relaxed environment with a couple of drinks flying about which helped calm the nerves. It was also a great way to get to know the other people starting with me. I genuinely believe it was the best way to start a new job.

As you would expect, the work does kick in. The following week we spent at college preparing for our first 2 exams. Balancing working full-time and revising was completely new to me, but I realised that at Shipleys they understand that it may be hard for you to get used to this new lifestyle and everyone is around to offer help, which I have personally found to be reassuring, especially as they have been through the same process themselves.

Over the first couple of months I reckon you spend approximately 60% of the time in the office. Shipleys aims to give you roughly 80% audit work and 20% accounts preparation. I’ve personally found this mix to be extremely beneficial because it means you’re not doing the same job on a daily basis. One day you could be doing an accounts prep for a film client and the next you’ll be out on an audit for a charity client. Even though a lot of Shipleys’ clients are in the film industry, we’re exposed to all the different industries they work for. In the short period I have been working at Shipleys I have already worked on clients in the steel, finance and film industries.

Shipleys is a company that understands the importance of having a work-life balance. You can play 6-a-side football on a Monday night (which I must say is a great way to spend your evening) or have a drink after work on a Friday to celebrate the beginning of the weekend (or end of the week). These events have been a great way to properly get to know the people I’m working with and for because managers and partners will always make an appearance.