Sean Brew, a trainee in our Audit and Advisory department, joined Baker Tilly in September last year. He shares his experience to date.
I initially thought banking was the career for me. I did an internship in this sector as part of the UCD Bachelor of Commerce degree programme and then went on to complete a MSc in Strategic Management and Planning from Smurfit. Soon, I began to work in banking full-time.
After a while I realised that I needed to review my options. I was keen to work in a fast-paced environment; one that I could grow in.
I decided that training in accounting and getting my qualifications was the next step. I knew that the ACA qualification was highly respected and sought after, that it could open the door to lots of exciting opportunities.
Even though I loved accounting in Secondary School, I wasn’t sure about studying it in College and so I didn’t take the modules necessary to get the CAP1 exemptions. This meant I still had 3 CAP1 exams to do. I knew it would be a long road but I was willing to put in the work.
Striving for Growth
I wanted to choose a firm that had a global reach; somewhere that I could get good exposure to senior managers, and to clients. It was important that I joined a company that continually strived for growth and supported the development of its employees. A firm that aligned with my ambitions.
The firm offers extensive benefits with regards to funded exam support i.e. exam fees and paid study leave, and it also offers the opportunity to work on a varied range of assignments across a broad range of clients.
To date, I have been given a lot of responsibility and carried out a wide range of tasks which has helped my progression. I have worked on audits for many businesses including an Irish whiskey company, a jewellery company, and a pharmaceutical company.
Balancing work, study, sport (I play Gaelic football) and a social life can be tough. Recognising the importance of work-life balance, Baker Tilly enables me to do it all. I am surrounded by a team who are always willing to help.
As well as having plenty of interaction with other trainees, I work closely with all levels of senior management, raising any questions I may have. Everyone understands that it is not possible to know everything and will give help when you ask for it.
I enjoy the fast-paced environment and tackling new challenges every day. I am thrilled to be part of the Audit and Advisory team as the firm continues to grow.