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  • Name: Jonathan Nickson
  • Job Title: ACA Trainee
  • Location: London
  • Degree: Theology
  • Areas of Specialism: Other

How did you get your job at HW Fisher?
I applied via the online recruitment system. This required completing an application form with competency based questions. The recruitment team review your application in detail and if successful you are invited to an assessment day. HW Fisher approached the recruitment process differently to the other firms I applied to. Rather than an emphasis on impersonal online testing, candidates have the opportunity to impress in a live setting at assessment days. These involve group work, problem solving and a presentation, allowing you to fully showcase your abilities.

Why did you choose HW Fisher?
I was drawn to the idea of mid-tier firms from the outset. I wanted a range of experiences in different industries rather than being tied down to few clients for my training contract. I have worked with a wide range of clients in Steel Mills, Art Galleries and high-end restaurants to name a few. It has been great to experience different industries, office cultures and personalities.

What is it like working at HW Fisher?
HW Fisher combine the professional scope of a larger firm with the people-friendly atmosphere of a smaller firm, making for a great working environment. The work is fast paced, demanding and requires initiative. While you are given time and support to find your feet, responsibility does comes quickly. The more you can grasp and run with it, the more you will enjoy and excel at the work.

What skills are useful in the profession?
The biggest misconception is that you need to be a maths genius to make it as an accountant. I had no previous background in accountancy. Accounting skills are learnt on the job with the support of supervisors and the training manager. People skills are critical; you will be speaking one-on-one with clients within months of arriving, so being able to communicate and engage with people is essential. Discipline and time management are also important. You will need to balance work and private study. The firm and tutors do a lot to help you but the onus is on you to get it done.

What do you like most about your role?
Everyone at the firm has been in the position of a new starter which helps creates a team environment. Whether at college with your intake, or in the office supporting junior colleagues while still being supported by those above you, there is always a strong sense of being part of a team.

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