University: Royal Holloway, University of London
After obtaining my History degree, I wanted to gain the ACA qualification as it is well respected and a firm basis for a range of future careers. I also wanted to work in a firm where I could access managers’ and partners’ professional expertise and which offered many career opportunities.
Moore Stephens stood out as a Top 20 firm which would provide me with the experience I sought. I chose to work in tax because of the variety of tasks it can offer. My jobs range from preparing part of a £50 million company’s profit and loss sheet to speaking with representatives of HM Revenue and Customs. Tax requires a lot of problem-solving abilities and you are continually learning and testing your knowledge, both at work and in exams.
Each client is different and you require a different approach to their specific situation. I particularly enjoy tax planning where we assist organisations to minimise the predicted tax liabilities they will need to pay. We recently assisted a client to reduce their tax bill by £10,000 within the course of a conference call, which was a great feeling!
From day one I have been given more responsibility than I expected which can be daunting but is a great challenge. As I progress, I am exposed to new areas of work and am spending more time guiding junior staff.
Everyone at Moore Stephens, from trainees to partners, is very approachable and the emphasis is on creating a pleasant working environment. I think it’s a great place to work!