Job Title: Trainee Chartered Accountant
University: University of Reading
Degree: Accounting and Management
Job Location: London
Why did you choose a career in accountancy?
I have always considered myself to be highly numerate and believed that my future career lay within the accounting and finance world. My career at Safferys began during my degree placement year when I worked in the firm’s Outsourcing Team, gaining excellent experience working with high profile clients in the sports, music and film industries. I saw first-hand, the fantastic career development and training opportunities that Safferys offer their staff and decided to apply for their graduate programme.
Following graduation, I joined the firm’s ACA training scheme as a trainee within the Business Advisory Group, working on audit and accounts preparation for a variety of clients in various sectors and industries. As a trainee, you are a key part of the audit team, given real responsibility to complete the bulk of the fieldwork both in the office and at client premises. This role has allowed me to consolidate and apply the theory learnt at university and to increase my knowledge and understanding through my studies towards the ACA exams.
As a graduate trainee, you will complete the Level 7 Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship, in addition to passing the ACA qualification over a three-year period. This involves passing all 15 ACA exams, gaining 450 days’ practical work experience, as well as learning and demonstrating elements of professional development, ethics and professional scepticism.
Safferys supports its graduate trainees during their ACA training contracts, providing college tuition and support coaches throughout. A key benefit of the apprenticeship is that 20% of your time is spent completing off-the-job training e.g. mentoring, internal training courses and learning new systems and software.
I am focused on completing my training contract as soon as possible and thereafter qualifying as a chartered accountant. I am excited at the future personal growth prospects that the ACA qualification gives me throughout Safferys. The firm has grown substantially since I first joined on placement in 2018, I have no doubt that Safferys offers fantastic opportunities to progress and develop my future career.