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.

Update from Lara

The first couple of months in 2017 have flown by so quickly, partly due to exams which have been non-stop since the start of the year and the rest has been down to a busy audit season! Plenty of December year ends means we are very busy at the start of each year. At one point, I was out of office on client sites for 4 weeks on the trot and also completed 2 e-assessments within that time period. I’ve now completed my first year and now have a bit of respite between now and college for the next set of exams

On another note, we haven’t been short on work socials as usual, we’ve had our annual curry night which was changed to a Chinese night this year. It was the perfect opportunity to welcome new members of staff to our firm across all departments. It was a fun filled evening with plenty of food & drink, also a bit of karaoke at the end to round up the night. Other socials have included a work stag do, a leaving party for a retiring partner which was an epic night. I think you get the picture that we are a social bunch around here, we are only 4 months into the year so plenty more socials on the horizon….

More on life after my first year to follow in the next blog!

Lara Anifowose

I graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Accounting and Finance then joined Shipleys as a trainee in January 2016. I work on Audits and Accounts Preparation for different entities. Outside of work, I am a bit of a travel enthusiast!

The SWAT graduate careers fair

On Wednesday 1 February, my colleague Hebe and I attended the first SWAT UK Graduate Recruitment Fair in Angel, North London. The event, organised by SWAT UK Limited, was designed to give uni students the chance to meet with representatives from the ICAEW, Inside Careers and a number of firms to discuss a possible career in accountancy. By attending a series of presentations and visiting firms` stands, the aim was to ensure graduates could improve their knowledge of the ACA qualification and discover the advantages of working for a medium-sized firm.

The day gave myself and Hebe a great opportunity to speak face-to-face with a number of graduates and tell them about the many benefits we could offer a trainee, including access to our varied client base, an extensive training package and our regular social events. A particularly useful aspect of the day was that by speaking to one of our current trainees, students were able to learn firsthand what it would be like to work and train with us. Many of the attendees we spoke to seemed impressed by the opportunities we could offer them, with particular interest shown in our specialist sectors such as the film and media and financial services industries.

As well as giving us the chance to sell the firm, the day was also a learning experience for us as we were able to hear from graduates about their priorities, the factors that are most important to them when they are trying to decide what career to pursue, and the type of firm they wish to work for. Indeed, one of the most interesting parts of the day was seeing such a variety of students from different backgrounds, universities and degree courses.

With so many options open to graduates these days, it can sometime be hard for us to get our voice heard above the larger firms but this day gave us a chance to interact with students and let them know that there are other career options out there for them to consider. Hopefully between myself and Hebe we were able to convince a few of the people we met that Shipleys is the ideal place for them to work and train, even if we did have to ply them with our tasty free chocolate to do so!

There are plans to run the day again in the future so keep an eye on both the Shipleys and SWAT websites for future dates.

In the meantime, if you require any further information about careers at Shipleys please see our website: www.shipleys.com/careers.

SWAT grad careers fair

Peter Ellis

Peter works with a diverse portfolio of clients assisting them with their audit and accounting requirements. He is also the firm's Student Counsellor and deals with the recruitment, monitoring and supervision of our ACA students.

Preparing for the SWAT graduate careers fair

Here in the HR department we are getting ready for the SWAT Chartered Accountancy recruitment fair at SWAT UK in London on the 1st February.  Peter Ellis our student counsellor will be there and we’re excited about meeting graduates and students to hopefully help them with some of their career choices. 

If you’re going to a graduate recruitment fair, my advice would be to talk to as many people as possible, ask lots of questions and try to get a feel for the work you might be expected to do.  It’s really important that you are happy and fulfilled in your career so it’s important to find out whether a firm is a good fit for you. 

As a mid-tier firm we offer our trainees a really good balance of interesting and varied client work alongside regular contact with senior managers and partners in a friendly, informal environment.  Our graduate trainees are all unique but they do have some skills in common, they are all motivated, responsible people who work well as part of a team delivering excellent service to our clients.  If that sounds like it could be you, make sure to stop by the Shipleys stand to have a chat, find out some more and help yourself to some chocolate!

See you there ……


Peter Ellis

Peter works with a diverse portfolio of clients assisting them with their audit and accounting requirements. He is also the firm's Student Counsellor and deals with the recruitment, monitoring and supervision of our ACA students.