Graduate of Accounting and Finance from the University of East Anglia
The advantage of my accounting degree was that I already understood the basics of accounting when I joined Moore Stephens, although it can be difficult to switch from how information was taught at university to how it is taught for ACA exams.
Working in audit is a valuable experience as you gain insight into a range of businesses. I really enjoy the variety of jobs and meeting new clients. One of my clients is a large retail chain and may require spending a few weeks in their offices. Conversely, preparing accounts for a small property management firm may only take a few days. Last winter, I went to Oslo on two 'away jobs'. Although we worked hard, we also had time to explore the city. You get to know your colleagues well when you're doing 'away jobs' watching the six-nations rugby together in the only English pub in Oslo was certainly an experience!
Moore Stephens encourages you to get to know people across departments. People look out for each other and you know you can ask for help. Our induction programme involved new ACA, CA and AAT trainees from different departments. We met managers and partners in our first week which gave us insight into how the firm works. Our internal and exam training involves staff across the whole firm, so you meet a lot of people you don't ordinarily work with. I've met colleagues not only from the London firm, but also the Moore Stephens association firms in the Isle of Man and Monaco.