Caroline S Walpole
I joined Newby Castleman on a training contract in 2012 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. Having not studied accountancy at university, the role particularly appealed to me as I would be able to work towards qualification whilst gaining knowledge and experience at work and through my studies.
I studied for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) exams for three years and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2015. As part of the qualification I took modules covering topics across the accountancy field. This meant I got the chance to gain knowledge in areas such as investment appraisal, which I did not do as part of my every day job, whilst also developing knowledge in areas I did come across.
Whilst studying for exams alongside working full time takes a lot of hard work and dedication, I found with the support given by Newby Castleman it was possible to manage my time in order to prepare myself for the exams and the results at the end make it all worthwhile.
I gained experience in a wide range of areas working as a trainee at the firm, ranging from preparing accounts and tax computations to assisting on audits at clients’ premises. This allowed me to develop my knowledge in a variety of areas of accountancy and business. Since qualification, I became a senior member of the audit team at Newby Castleman. As part of that role I plan and complete jobs as well as leading the onsite audit. I have recently been promoted to an audit supervisor, which involves overseeing work of junior colleagues as well as continuing my role as an audit senior.
The working environment at Newby Castleman makes it a great firm to work for. People are always happy to help enabling me to learn from others knowledge and experience. There are also numerous social events throughout the year such as the firm’s annual car treasure hunt and quiz night. For trainees, there are also events run by the local ICAEW student society, LENCASS. A personal highlight was the annual ball.