As my first blog post – and being part of the newest graduate intake at Shipleys – I’d like to focus on what I’ve achieved so far to give you an idea of what you could expect when starting here.
Being my first graduate job, and moving to London, it was an exciting but nervous prospect! However my nerves were put at ease straight away, as I was invited to the Christmas party a few weeks before starting and it was a great way to meet the team in a relaxed way. Our induction day was much the same, with the whole office joining us for lunch and drinks. I could not think of a better way of starting a graduate job!
Of course, the work kicks in and the beginning of the following week we started college for our first two exams. Tuition and exams are the biggest challenge for starters in Accountancy as it is definitely tougher than most of University. This might sound scary but my advice is to practice as much as possible any time you are free in the run up to the exams, and once they’re over it is a rewarding experience to know the hard work has paid off. Kaplan – the tuition providers – are very helpful, giving superb notes and advice on how to focus your revision. I have now passed my first 3 exams and will begin tuition for the next 3 shortly.
Accountancy work for Shipleys itself constitutes for about two-thirds of my experience so far. Roughly 80% is Audit work both at the office and on site at clients. I have already done 2 ‘away jobs’ staying outside of London. As a Junior, the work itself has not been too tough yet. I run a lot of tests of the clients’ accounts from sales to their profits and losses. It can be quite daunting approaching a Financial Director, but you get the experience of understating how Accountancy varies between industries from Film to Funds, and applying your learning to everyday life. The other 20% of work relates to preparing accounts for clients within the office. It’s a great way to cement your understating of how accounts work so when you audit one, you may understand why the clients have prepared them in such a way and avoid asking obvious questions.
It’s not all work and no play when your induction period is over! Friday and end of the month drinks are a great way to relax and chat to everyone and there are events dotted around such as the recent Curry Night social. Having the office a 2 minute walk from Leicester Square means it’s always easy to try a new bar or restaurant once the days over. Also having this view walking to work every day makes it even better!