What made you chose UHY?
I chose UHY because I wanted to work in a medium size firm so that it is small enough to get to know everybody but also large enough to provide me with a wide variety of experiences to start out my career in accounting. I have worked for UHY for just over a year now and have already been involved with a wide range of clients, both large and small. With UHY being one of the Top 15 firms in the UK, the range of experiences they can offer you is very diverse, providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to help you gain your qualifications and progress in the industry.
The people at UHY are very welcoming and friendly and are always there to support you with any queries you may have as you advance through your accounting career. The fact people are so approachable also made UHY a very desirable firm for me to work for.
Why did you choose a career in accounting?
Having being interested in finance and business ever since I started studying it at GCSE and subsequently A-level, accountancy seemed the right career for me. As I decided not to go to university I was keen to pursue a career where I could gain a well-recognised professional qualification. Also, there are so many different areas to specialise in within accountancy, that your career can follow many different paths.
What does your job entail?
Each day at UHY is different. As part of my role I prepare sole trader and partnership accounts, but also get involved in a wide variety of tasks including bookkeeping and auditing, expanding my knowledge in different fields within the practice. I have already completed the AAT Level 2 qualification in my first year, and will be starting the Level 3 qualification in the very near future, meaning that I will also be studying alongside work to complete the required examinations.
What training is provided?
I attend college for formal training towards the AAT qualification, which I study for independently outside of the workplace. However, the second part to my training is gaining the practical experience in the office on a daily basis, allowing me to apply what I have learnt at college directly to real life businesses. The practical experience I gain at work greatly enhances my knowledge and understanding of the different aspects of the accounting profession, helping me progress in my career and achieve the necessary qualifications.
What do you like most about your role?
I really enjoy the range of tasks I am involved in, as well as the varied client base the York office deals with. I particularly enjoy doing work for our rural and agricultural clients, as I come from a farming background. In the rural sector alone, there is tremendous variation in the types of work we undertake. I also enjoy being given increasing responsibility as my understanding and knowledge develops.
What is the most challenging thing about your role?
I think the most challenging aspect of my role is the ability to balance studying alongside full time employment. It’s very important to be able to manage my time effectively to be able to achieve the qualifications that I need to progress in my career, but to also fulfil the requirements of my job day to day.