What made you choose UHY Hacker Young?
I chose UHY Hacker Young based on its reputation and strong position in Accountancy Age’s leader board and also based on a personal recommendation. Despite only working here for less than a year, I would definitely recommend UHY to friends.
What is the atmosphere like in the office?
On the whole, it’s very good and having worked at a ‘Big 4’ company prior to joining UHY, the great office atmosphere was the most striking difference. The work/life balance is also comparatively very good. You are expected to do some overtime, especially during our busy period – January to March – but it’s definitely not the norm for the rest of the year.
What do you like most about your role?
I really like meeting new clients. So far, I’ve worked with a wide range of clients in industries such as oil and gas, law, investment, holiday cruises and academies. We spend most of our time outside of the office, travelling all over London. There are also opportunities to travel around the UK and also abroad.
What advice would you give to a potential trainee?
Apply for summer internships whilst still at university – it’s a good way of getting a feel for the business. In terms of skills, you have to be focused, determined and diligent when carrying out the day-to-day work. You’ll also need to keep on top of the ACA exams and revision. Start studying early in the year – there’s a lot to learn in a very short space of time.
What training and support have you received?
When I first joined we had two weeks of internal training taught by members of our technical and training department, UHY managers and even some UHY partners. They took us through the basics of accounting and what our roles would be. We were each given a mentor, a counselling manager and a counselling partner, who help us to review our progress and resolve any issues. We also attend college to study for the ACA, in which we have 15 exams spread over three years.