When did you join Baker Tilly?
I joined Baker Tilly’s South East office in July of this year.
What does your role involve?
As a trainee in the South East office, my workload is quite varied. Working closely alongside managers, directors and partners, I gain experience in a wide range of accounting services and have discovered abilities I never knew I had.
Keeping up to date with accounting standards is a vital part of my role, especially when preparing financial statements for sole traders and/or companies.
In recent weeks, I have been working and gaining great experience onsite at an audit in Wexford. This involves completing the key audit work and processes, and engaging with the employees of the business.
What’s the most interesting thing you have learned since you started working here?
The most interesting thing I have learned since working here is how important interpersonal skills are.
Each day at Baker Tilly includes a great deal of regular communication with clients. We get experience with such a variety of work, really helping us to develop these skills.
My favourite thing about Baker Tilly is the social atmosphere in the office and how integrated the firm is.
How do you find balancing work and study?
Studying for professional exams whilst working is a difficult thing to do but it can be very achievable with good planning and self-discipline.
I am currently training as a Chartered Accountant and plan to sit my first exams in 2020.
Organisation is key! I have found that keeping an up-to-date schedule and planning ahead each week has made this a lot easier and less stressful.
Time is valuable; therefore, I find it really important to prioritise my work and ensure my time is allocated wisely.
If I am struggling to manage this balance, I find breaking the work down into manageable chunks is helpful. Having a chat with another work colleague also helps; there are lots of people in Baker Tilly training for their exams so we are all in the same boat!
What advice would you give to those who are interested in pursuing a career with the firm?
The beginning of any career can feel overwhelming and daunting for the best of us, so I’d encourage you to push yourself, even if you feel a little bit out of your comfort zone at first. Always ask questions and don’t be afraid of change.
Give your best to what may seem like even the smallest of jobs.
The main aspect of a training programme is to contribute to your personal development so there is no need to worry, someone is always happy to offer support and advice and no question is a stupid one.
Benefits of working in the South East.
I thoroughly enjoy working in the South East office. I don’t have a long commute to work, only a 20 minute drive and no bumper-to-bumper traffic.
The recent opening of the new motorway bypass has made the South East much more accessible and has greatly improved travel time between Dublin and Wexford, with a lovely view of Vinegar Hill as well!
See where life takes you. Apply for Baker Tilly’s 2020 Graduate Programme now: www.bakertilly.ie/graduates