Alex

Why did you choose a career in accounting?

Gaining a professional qualification such as the ACA with a top 15 accountancy firm is a great start to your career. The level of expertise required to provide valuable financial advice to clients is few and far between; however something which can be achieved whilst working for UHY.

What made you choose UHY Hacker Young?

Research is paramount before applying for a trainee contract. I disliked the idea of travelling around the country on a weekly basis to do my job, something which would be necessary working for a ‘Big 4’ firm. I decided that a medium sized accountancy firm would be the ideal choice as this would allow me to work in one geographical location. Alongside this I believe the grounding you receive whilst working for a medium sized firm is much more advantageous, which is largely due to the exposure you receive to everyday business issues.

What is the atmosphere like in the office?

This largely depends on the time of year… It can be a bit hectic in January due to the tax return deadline; however amongst the deadline stress it is still enjoyable!

What do you like most about your role?

The challenge! Spending one day auditing and the next producing accounts really does keep you on your toes and test your skills. Client interaction helps improve confidence and further your knowledge.

What level of responsibility do you receive as a trainee?

From the day go you’re entrusted with the responsibility of producing accounts. Obviously there is a huge amount of assistance available and the correct level of supervision to ensure everything is carried out correctly. The more you progress, the more responsibility you receive!