• Name: Isabel Stanley
  • Job Title: ACA TraineeAssistant Manager
  • Location: London
  • University: Nottingham
  • Degree: Economics
  • Type of Qualification: ACA
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance

A Day in the Life of a Trainee

It’s a cliché, but no two audits are the same. I’ve worked on a range of clients, from listed companies to small charities and everything in between. We are primarily involved in the music and entertainment sector which has been particularly interesting over the last 24 months.

As a trainee, you will be working on an audit as part of a small team. As you gain skills and experience, you will progress from performing simple testing on your allocated areas, to structuring and running your own audits. This is a gradual process as you will be constantly learning new things (non-trainees included). It’s a satisfying feeling looking back and appreciating just how much you have learned over a relatively short period of time.

The size and structure of the team is ideal for your own professional development. In a relatively short period of time, you could be running your own jobs, from planning through to completion. This means liaising with partners and clients directly and getting a level of responsibility and client exposure which is not always possible at other firms.

The firms ethos is very important to me, and as a trainee it is something which I really appreciated. Everybody is supportive and approachable, and questions are encouraged. Whilst you study, you will be fully supported, be this through time off being given, or technical advice offered. It is in everybody’s interest to ensure exam success.

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