I joined Newby Castleman in the summer of 2010 after reading an article in a newspaper about the firm and applying for a trainee position. From day one I was made to feel welcome, everyone was friendly and made a real effort to make me feel part of the team.
I started studying for my AAT almost straight away and really enjoyed learning accountancy skills and putting this into practice at work. I passed level 3 after my first year and completed level 4 the following year. This meant that I was AAT qualified in just less than 2 years of joining the firm. I subsequently spoke to the training partner about furthering my qualification and I was told that Newby Castleman would support me in any route that I wished to pursue.
After much discussion with colleagues I chose to study ACCA as I felt that it would best suit my personal requirements. I also liked the idea of being able to obtain a University degree through the ACCA after my professional exams were completed. I qualified in December 2015. The ACCA exams took three years to complete in comparison to AAT at two years. Newby Castleman were excellent with regards to my all round study support giving study days for college and study/holiday leave before the actual exams. They were very aware of how important it was to me to be able to have time off to concentrate purely on my exams in the days and sometimes weeks beforehand.
I find the accounts work I do very interesting and stimulating and have dealt with many different clients and I have also been involved in stocktakes and audits. Most recently I have been involved in charity independent examinations and taking care of the admin side of accountancy which involves completing tasks on behalf of clients. Expanding my knowledge keeps me highly motivated.
There are chances to get involved with your colleagues on a social level at various events that are held occasionally by members of staff; pub crawls, quizzes, even days out and short breaks away for the weekend. There are also student events, mostly held by LENCASS, an accountancy body which allows many trainees to get together for large social events. Other events include networking with other businesses at various social gatherings.