1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is as an audit assistant. I spend my working days wither on client side doing audit tasks, college studying for the AAT qualification or doing internal training. You spend most of your time working in teams and regularly work with different members within audit and with different clients.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As part of the apprenticeship you do a couple of level 3 AAT exams and become level 4 qualified. After this you then get the option to move on to your ACA qualification to become chartered. By working in teams to develop you leadership and team work skills. You also can take part in excel courses.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Good career for learning and developing knowledge while studying. There is a good team atmosphere and social side to the job. I enjoy constantly learning as there is always something different to work on and new businesses to learn about. It has been a good alternative to going to university.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is a clear structure to work to. First months are internal training and you are given a basic timetable for the exams you work towards but employees have to be proficient. We have a work calendar which is ready prepared for when you arrive and usually has the clients you'll be working on for at least 6 months in advance
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have half yearly appraisals which gives you the option to speak to your line manager. Line managers are contactable as and when needed. Each job you go on you also receive feedback from you supervisor. All revision is to be done out of work ours with BPP support via email if needed.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
BPP has good recourses. You receive a detailed study booklet as well as a question bank. You are provided with flash cards which are good for revision. There is an online portal which has further study material including mock assessments. Tutors are contactable when required by email and will stay behind after college to help.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification is crucial in work performance. Is is the basis of knowledge that must be applied in the day to day role. The basics of accounting is learnt through college and a considerable amount of the laws and regulation knowledge. You also learn the tax and financial statement presentation rules.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
4 times a year there is and office event. The audit department is split into groups and these groups have socials every 3 months. There are a number of sports teams that play in leagues such as netball, football, hockey and squash. There are also charity events such as quiz nights.
9a. Would you recommend RSM to a friend?
I would recommend RSM because I believe the school leaver program is an excellent alternative to university. It good start to your career and getting chartered a year before those who went to university and get a salary the whole time. Friendly atmosphere, and good opportunity's. Clear career path.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to RSM?
The recruitment process is much like other firms. Submit CV, followed by online tests and a skype interview. Followed by an assessment day and two interviews. Make sure you are able to cope with the work study balance as revision is out of work hours. You must also show characteristics of working well in teams.
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