I joined Newby Castleman straight after completing my A-Levels where I gained straight A’s in Maths, Further Maths and Accounting. Before joining the firm as a Trainee, I had previously enjoyed work experience during my Year 10 studies and spent my subsequent summer holidays gaining additional experience at the firm, which I found extremely valuable.
From my work experience I realised I would enjoy a career in accountancy. Hence, I decided against going to university and I chose to embark upon the AAT-ACA Fast Track Route, which to my belief was the most suitable approach. This would allow me to progress through training much quicker, as well as obtaining practical expertise, which is just as vital as qualifications in this competitive industry (without accumulating any student debt!).
I recently completed and gained the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification within 17 months of joining Newby Castleman, which I definitely found advantageous as it provided an excellent stepping-stone for me to progress onto the ICAEW qualification. So far, I have just begun this stage of my training and I am finding it interesting to learn new aspects that are developing from my previous studies.
During my time in the office I work on a wide variety of clients. Predominantly, I do accounts preparation for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, which also involves a business tax element for each client. Occasionally when working at clients’ premises, I take part in external audits as part of a team for a range of businesses, many of which are medium-sized groups of companies.
My work includes using specialist accounts and tax software. Newby Castleman provides excellent training facilities and in addition I am sent on external training courses as appropriate
As I have progressed through my studies I have gained more responsibilities at work; which has included training up and assisting a new graduate trainee.
The atmosphere at Newby Castleman is very friendly and everyone is easy to approach. On the last Friday of every month, we “dress-down” for charity and also get together in the Boardroom to socialise and enjoy a few drinks together. This is a good way of speaking to people you don’t always get the opportunity to during work time.
Furthermore, there are many social events organised both by the Firm and LENCASS that are enjoyable and fun to participate in such as the Annual Ball, quiz nights, go-karting etc. This also provides an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students who are in a similar position to you.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and have found it very beneficial. Newby Castleman has been supportive throughout my studies to date and have provided help wherever necessary.