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.

Stepping into summer!

Well it’s been about six weeks since my last post and I feel like I’ve been busier than ever – both in my work and social life!

I’ve attended another three weeks of college for the first three modules of the professional level: for Financial Accounting (FAR), Audit & Assurance (AA) & Tax Compliance (TC) and will be back again in mid-July to learn the rest of the content. It’s definitely a “step-up” from the E-Assessments. There’s tons more knowledge to learn and longer questions to complete, which means I’ll definitely be increasing my revision and compiling a study timetable. I’ve noticed that I tend to be a lot more productive if I study as soon as it’s the end of the working day. I live quite far from the office so it ends up working out better because it’s lovely and quiet which means I can focus for a few hours, then at least when I leave the office I actually get a seat on the train! Nevertheless, this doesn’t work for everyone, I know that a lot of my colleagues prefer to study in the comfort of their own home, and don’t get me wrong there are some days when I just prefer that too, but the key is really to do whatever suits you best.

Putting college to one side, in the office, I’ve been working mostly on the accounts for various films and TV series, which I always find exciting, especially when you see an advert for the film or watch the TV series after having worked on them. I’ve been attending a few more audits, one of which was at a film studio and the other at a place where I felt like I was stepping into Hogwarts!

Outside of working and studying, I’ve been on to two hen dos, caught up with university friends and re-joined the tennis club I used to be a member of when I was at secondary school. It’s nice to be feeling more active and to get back into the sport I used to love, just in time for Wimbledon to start up again – strawberries and cream at the ready! Then this Saturday I will be taking part in the “Pretty Muddy” Race for Life for Cancer Research UK, which is very dear to my heart. I’ve taken part in the Race for Life event before and last time the atmosphere was incredible. I’m sure it will be a brilliant day, and if it is to rain like it has been for the last two days, it will only help with making the race even muddier!

This week I was back in the office and I can see from the staff planner that I have a few different audit jobs lined up, then in a couple of weeks I have my six monthly review and the next chapter begins…

Shenai Doughty

Shenai graduated from the University of Southampton with a Law degree and joined Shipleys in January 2016 as a Trainee Chartered Accountant. Her time is divided between working within the audit team in the London office and studying at Kaplan and attending SWAT training.