Caroline Walpole - ACA
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 am currently studying for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) exams, aiming to be part qualified in July 2014. As part of the qualification I take modules covering topics across the accountancy field. This means I get the chance to gain knowledge in areas such as investment appraisal, which I do not do as part of my every day job, whilst also developing knowledge in areas I do come across.
Whilst studying for exams alongside working full time takes a lot of hard work and dedication, I have found with the support given by Newby Castleman it is possible to manage my time in order to prepare myself for the exams and the results at the end make it all worthwhile.
I have 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 allows me to develop my knowledge in a variety of areas of accountancy and business. As I progress through my studies I am also being given larger and more complex jobs enabling me to continually develop.
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. As a trainee there are also events run by the local ICAEW student society, LENCASS, a personal highlight being the Annual Ball.