1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I travel to clients and carry out audits with a team of people from my firm. We look at their financial statements in detail, I get to talk to clients and build my own relationships with them for a time when they may become my own clients. When not at a clients I am in the office working on an accounts prep job, or helping out managers who need work doing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my leadership skills through being part of a team and putting my voice out to be heard. I have also developed my communication through talk to clients directly, as well as on the phone and through email. My written skills have improved as I write letters to clients and I also feel like my inter-personal skills have developed since joining a workplace from school. I have become more professional and confident.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my role at Larking Gowen because I feel like I am treated professionally and fairly with every other employee. They really focus on my development and help me with exam study. I love going out on jobs and visiting clients too, because I think that that is the best way I have learnt on the job.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very organized, as I study with First Intuition who take our classroom sessions and these are always communicated well to us as to when they are and where. Exams are booked well in advance and we are given plenty of warning as to when they will take place so that we have sufficient time to revise alongside work too.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive as much support as I need from my employer. If I feel ill or upset or anything of the sort I have people I can talk to at work. Additionally, with study there are always people that can help me and are willing to do so, and if I have any concerns I know where to go.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My training provider is great, they are always there should I need extra study sessions or materials and the tutors are willing to emails and help you at weekends if needed. Also, with written exam questions even if you are not on study at the time they will mark them over email which is very useful.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think the two link very well. I have found that through study I have been learning the technical information and the logic behind accounting, as well as the format, but while on jobs at work I am able to see how this translates into the real job. Therefore I find study easier I believe than if I was just studying alone.
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.)
There are lots of socials provided at work, from cocktail evenings to our annual big night out at the football ground. We also take part in sporting activities, for example I have been canoeing and go karting with the firm in a sports challenge against other local companies in Norfolk.
9a. Would you recommend Larking Gowen to a friend?
First intuition provide amazing support and study sessions with lovely tutors, while my employer is always there to help with study and get me involved in activities. They make sure that there is work for me in the office and that I am constantly learning and developing to meet my20% off the job learning requirement.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Larking Gowen?
Apply early so as not to miss the deadline, and at the interview day be your most outgoing self and ask lots of questions. I also think getting stuck in is important and in any job keep asking for work and try to get yourself on different jobs so that you get the widest range of experience, and sometimes you can be offered a secondment too.