• Name: Kieron Smith
  • Job Title: Audit Assistant, Corporate & Business Services
  • Location: London
  • University: Durham
  • Degree: Chemistry
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance

How did you get the job?

I joined Buzzacott in 2015 as an Audit Trainee within the Corporate and Business Services team. I was invited to take online assessments and attended a first stage interview with a manager and member of HR. It was all very straight forward and following my second interview with a partner, I was immediately offered the role.

Why did you choose this company?

The size of the firm was definitely one aspect that really stood out to me. Buzzacott is not so large that you are just a number; however, it is large enough to provide opportunities and an interesting mix of clients. The firm is very friendly place to work and provides ample opportunities to socialise!

Why did you choose a job in accountancy?

I have always enjoyed working with numbers and felt that working within audit while studying towards the ACA afforded me with a range of options on qualifying. The Corporate and Business Services team work with a wide range of clients so I am able to gain insight into a variety of businesses and sectors.

What are your main duties/roles?

I spend almost half my time based at client sites conducting audit work. I enjoy client interaction as it provides me with plenty of opportunities to discover how different businesses work first-hand.

What are the most stressful parts of the role?

As with every business, we have busy periods of the year. These can be a challenge while studying towards the ACA but we do get support with managing our study plans to try and avoid too much of a clash with work deadlines and exams.

This is great as I know that as I progress through my training agreement, my responsibilities will increase and balancing my professional qualification with work will become more challenging.

What skills are useful in this profession?

While you certainly do not need to have studied a numerical degree, you can’t hate numbers if choosing a career in accountancy! My role involves frequent interaction with clients so you need to have good interpersonal skills to build these relationships.

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