1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis you will help prepare the financial statements for a large range of clients from small sole traders to huge multi million pound businesses. You will work on both stat and management accounts and gain a brilliant insight into how different companies operate within different industries.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learn new things literally everyday, I started with no prior experience so I was not I started completely from scratch and you learn new skills all the time from interacting with clients to how different types of item are shown in financial statements. I also do my qualification where I learn a huge amount.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The Majority of the time I enjoy my job, there are always days where you don't like what you are doing and such but overall for the most part I enjoy what I do and I am constantly given work which challenges and develops me in all aspects of work.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well. I am given time off to complete my online lectures and support whenever I need it. The training provider is not the best however this is not something that can be blamed on RSM as there is next to no option for who to do the training with.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The Support you receive from the employer is huge, your team are always all around you to help with anything whether its qualification or client work related. When you start you attend a series of courses which help you grasp the basics and are given time to do your qualification.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provider is on the whole supportive, you will receive emails checking if there is anything you feel you need and you are assigned someone at BPP to be your go-to with any queries. The materials on the whole are to a good standard, there are some instances where there are mistakes and sometimes not quite enough question practise.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification work definitely helps in your day to day however often the work you are doing is more complex than the qualification work so your team will help you. The qualification is excellent for covering a wide basis so it definitely helps in different aspect of the work assigned to you.
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.)
The social aspect is brilliant there are often informal events outside work to attend and some within work time such as the away day. You also get the opportunity to network at different events which is very useful if you are new. The social aspect of the office is far better than I expected before I joined.
9a. Would you recommend RSM to a friend?
I would mainly because of the support received from your team. You can come in with no experience and people are more than happy to help you with your work or qualification. The class of work assigned to you is also vey useful as you gain experience on a wide range of clients.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to RSM?
I would advise them to try and stand out as much as possible. I would also warn them it is not for you if you want to live like a student at university but its a brilliant place to start a career and an amazing way to go about becoming a CA.
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