A lot has certainly happened in 4 months! Moving to London, exams and quite a bit of travelling- for work that is!
Moving to London was an experience filled with a mixture of emotions- I’m pretty sure I covered the full range of smileys on an emoji keyboard. First there was the excitement of viewing flats, then the pain of paying a holding fee and deposit, then the hassle of taking delivery of furniture, which was made even more difficult as I live on the 8th floor. Finally, there was the joy of decorating my flat and having my own place for the first time!
Within the first few months, I realised how outgoing people are at Shipleys. Social events always have a big turnout, with most people in attendance, including partners! That’s one of my favourite things about Shipleys- there are always opportunities to interact with people you might not necessarily work with on a regular basis.
Another positive about work socials is the variety of events that are available. Since I’ve joined the firm, I’ve been to the Christmas party, Curry night, end of month drinks- well the end of month drinks is not strictly every month, more like once a week! There are a lot of upcoming events which sound pretty exciting, especially the Quiz night! Last year’s theme was centred around Pointless, not sure what this year’s theme would be but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless.
Then there’s college and exams… which I must admit feels really intense but then after the first set of exams you get used to it. The best thing about being a junior is that you get a lot of periods where you’re free for work, if you’re in the office that is, which is great with getting in a bit of revision. I’m trying to make the most of it now because I’ve heard from the seniors that this isn’t likely to be the case as you progress through the ranks.
There’s still so much more I could talk about… I’ll probably cover the types of jobs of I’ve worked on both in and out of the office, training courses and all that type of stuff in my next blog. On that note, I better sign off this blog before I carry on rambling on!
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!
Having finished my Principles of Taxation exam on the 1st of May, the rest of the month has been a lot more easy going!
I booked the first week off as annual leave to relax a bit from the first block of exams.
On the second week, I began the first week of tuition for my 3 written exams which will take place in September. Lizzi had finished hers only a month ago so was able to give me some advice (as well as the more senior trainees) on how to tackle the studying.
Outside of college I have been working on accounts preparation in the office, recording transactions from one ‘book of prime entry’ and matching them to another. This work is not too difficult, but it’s important to keep an eye on the masses of figures and not get confused by the exchange rates.
This final week I have mainly been ‘free for work’ – where I’m not assigned to a specific client so will help managers with their workload. This involves anything from updating client codes to even buying cakes for a Principal’s birthday. It’s a great time to catch up on studying or any outstanding admin when you haven’t got any set work to do.
We also had our end of the month social, a ‘Pointless’ inspired quiz hosted by Lizzi and our Training Manager, Peter Ellis. Prizes were up for grabs and it was a great way to catch up with colleagues I hadn’t seen for a while. Most importantly my team won!
Outside of work I had the joy of flat hunting in London – an inevitable process for non-Londoners which is definitely a struggle! With a bit of research, patience and asking friends, family and colleagues for advice I fortunately found a place. So if the prospect of moving to London seems a bit overwhelming, we would be more than happy to give you advice when you join us