Assistant Manager at RSM

Start Date:
Fleet St, London EC4A 2AB, UK
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5/6/7)
Review Date:
May 2021

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


Auditing financial statements, this involves requesting invoices and testing balances that they are compataible with the financial reporting standards and testing all assertions. Speaking to directors and managers to get the finromation that is needed and docuenting this on working papers for review by managers and partners.

Completing exams or attending college.

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


Ive developed my social skills involving talking to people, especially those in a senior leadership position and those more senior to me - not just my peers. I've also learnt accounting ability and debits and credits. My office skills have also been improved upon after doing a GCSE in excel.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy that there are a lot of different people that also did the same course as me so therefore there was ample room for social activities and to make friends. Sometimes the role can be boring but other times it is challenging, it can be rewarding at times also.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It could have been better organised with more rigid deadlines and they could have had more of an idea of what the role actually was.

There was a lot of unnecessary administration involved with writing essays that could definitely have been avoided. The exam strucutre was good and I learnt a lot.

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


There was a lot of support whilst studying for the exams, it depends who you're working for. You are allowed time off to study for your exams and people are generally good at making sure you can finish at a suitable time to revise for these exams when it gets close to the date.

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


There is certainly a lot of support if we need it with the emails, however there certainly could have been less admin involved which would've been further support. They are good at letting you knoe uou can ask the tutor for help after college has finished but there were a lot of videos in work time - more of a match up would be better.

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


My ACA helps me perform my role and is pivotal to this position. The apprenticeship qualification doesn't help me in my role - I have had to work on saturdays to get this done. The technical content of the exams enables me to understand how to account for things and therefore if clients are doing it correctly.

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.)


Yes, I play football on a Monday 5-a side. There are group socials every quarter and a sports day every year. There used to be a ball in April that was free to go to paid for by RSM. There was also netball on wednesdays and thursdays with other colleagues.

9a. Would you recommend RSM to a friend?


9b. Why?

It's a good mid tier firm to start your career at. Work/Life balance can sometimes be limited to careful consideration needs to be given as to whether it is something that you want to do. The people make the work fun and the ACA is a good qualification to have.

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

Make friends, work hard, if you want to specialise in a sector to do it early. Make sure that it's what you want to do. Know background on the company and also make sure you do extra curriculum activities or can talk about these. Project management skills are key.

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