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.