Tax assistant at Mazars LLP

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Start Date:
2016
Location:
Birmingham
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Review Date:
April 2020

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Review Score

8.8/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

I'm part of the tax advisory team which is working on UK and international tax matters including Research & Development, Transfer pricing, Large business tax strategy and Company reorganisation. I have also had a little bit of experience working on tax compliance, personal tax employment and benefits and privately owned businesses.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

9/10

I have learnt a number of skills - from business communication, to technical knowledge to business development and time management. I have had a great opportunity to play on my strengths during the apprenticeship course and really enjoyed talking about my goals and career perspectives with my line manager. I have also completed a number of activities where I demonstrated the skills that I have developed.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

6/10

I have enjoyed the technical learning and working towards exams, however I struggled to find time to complete all the activities within the dedicated 3h per essay/activity. I have used additional study leave or annual leave to complete a number of exercises and that was challenging and very tiring.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The technical exams are really well structured, with 2 sittings - May & November, however the additional activities and online exams have very odd deadlines and it could be challenging to meet some of them. I had to be extremely strict with myself and dedicate as much as possible time learning in order to pass exams and progress further.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

My employer was absolutely fantastic - I had the full support of my line manager, team and partner, as well as the HR team who were also responsible for any additional trainings and learning opportunities that I had been put on during the time of my apprenticeship. I'm very grateful for this support.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

7/10

I had received some support, however the training provider was relatively slow when I had questions in respect of question. However the training materials and the courses itself were excellent. I have undertaken a lot of additional study time to complete successfully my qualification. I wish there was more support from the tutors in live sessions.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

10/10

I think the technical qualifications that I am gaining out of the apprenticeship- ie ATT & CTA (Diploma Level 7) is very valuable. I believe that gaining that will help my career and i will be able to progress further much quicker. It is also very valuable client experience to gain.

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.)

10/10

Yes, I've done plenty of extra-curricular activities. Among these were joining BPS Aspire committee, doing charity work, completing CSR days, preparing videos and pictures from events, joining and organising business development events, webinars and speed networking. I have joined the netball team and played against a number of law and accounting firms. I have also done a 10k charity run.

9a. Would you recommend Mazars LLP to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I think Mazars offers a great working environment, friendly teams and a lot of flexibility and extra-curricular activities which could help a young professional to achieve a great work-life balance. I certainly gained a lot of support from my team and line manager - they have not only provided me with interesting work, but also supported me through my learning! I think a motivated and bright young professional has really a world of opportunities at Mazars.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mazars LLP?

Make a use of the mentoring scheme that is set up to help new applicants. The people running it are very friendly and could give you a great idea about their experience within the firm, their tips for passing the assessment t centre along with a taste of their daily routines. I would also say be prepared and read a little bit around the company, as this knowledge could be very handy. And finally, be positive and try to make the most of the opportunity to speak to people working in the industry.

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