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29th March 2019A day in the life of Charlotte Grimston

Name: Lotty Grimston

Location: London

University: Leeds

Degree: French and International Relations

Role: Audit Senior

How did you get your job at HW Fisher?

I applied via the online recruitment system. In the application process, you need to answer competency-based questions and send in your CV. The recruitment team reviews your application in detail and, if successful, you are invited to an assessment day. This did seem daunting at first considering I had no previous accounting experience. However, HW Fisher considers previous internships and life experiences, and does not solely focus on academic achievements or accounting backgrounds. They don’t use online verbal and numeracy tests to assess candidates. They take a more personal approach to assess your character and capabilities to ensure you have the right attitude and skills to fit the firm’s culture.

Why did you choose HW Fisher?

I wanted to train at a mid-tier firm for two reasons. Firstly, I felt it would give me exposure to a variety of clients across a range of business sectors, encouraging a depth and variety of assignments. Secondly, I felt it would combine the professional scope of a larger firm with a more people-friendly atmosphere of a smaller firm. From the interview stage, it was clear that HW Fisher would combine both the scope I was looking for and a sociable and supportive work environment.

What is it like working at HW Fisher?

The work environment is fast-paced, demanding and requires a lot of initiative. While you are a trainee there is an effective support system in place which is shown through dedicated mentors, a buddy system, and working with other trainees who have a few more years of experience. At times it can be hard to juggle work deadlines and exam pressures, but older trainees are always open to giving advice as they have been through it.

What skills are useful in the profession?

Using myself as an example, you can see that having previous experience in accounting is not an essential skill to have. You develop your accounting skills on the job. From my experience, time management and attention to detail are fundamental skills to have if you are considering the ACA.  Additionally, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn will serve you well in all stages of your training contract and beyond.

What do you like most about your role?

I really enjoy being given responsibility at an early stage and this is one of the benefits of a mid-tier firm. Seeing how businesses in different sectors operate and interact with each other is interesting and my general understating of business and finance has grown.  This is helpful for your studies and future career opportunities.

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