Previous School - Chantry High School
I left One in 2013 after achieving:
B – Accounting
B – Psychology
C – Business Studies
After leaving One I went straight into work as a trainee accountant at a local firm of accounts called Ballams Chartered Accountants. I have been there for just over three years now and have the job title of semi-senior accountant. I have become AAT qualified (Association of Accounting Technicians) gaining the letters MAAT after my name, I am also currently studying to become a chartered accountant with the ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants) qualification from ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales). My role involves preparing financial statements for sole traders, partnerships & limited companies. I also undertake audit work with our larger clients.
I plan to finish my studies in June 2018 and qualify as a chartered accountant. I have aspirations to become a Partner of the firm in the future or to become a Financial Director of a listed company.
I miss the social side of college and seeing friends every day.
My time at One prepared me greatly with my current job, the A Level in accountancy and business gave me a fantastic base understanding of the financial industry and more specifically the accountancy career. I found it gave me a great head start on my peers when studying for AAT and starting out in the job. Alongside this, One taught me many valuable skills such as the importance of self-discipline when it comes to study and revision, and this has greatly helped me develop as a professional in the workplace.
My advice for current students would be to develop a study routine that works for them and stick to it, yes it is hard work but it definitely pays off once you get the results you want. I would also say to students to be confident and take every opportunity that comes their way, you never know what may lead on from it. Additionally I would say they should begin to prepare for the interview process, again this goes with the confidence but rehearsing commonly asked questions goes a long way.