• Name: Stephanie Moulds
  • Job Title: Trainee Accountant
  • Location: London
  • University: Queen Mary London
  • Degree: French with Business Management
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance
Citroen Wells

It was my interest in financial crime and my taster accounting module at university that sparked my interest in the ACA qualification. Having looked into it a little more, I soon realised how prestigious it was and that it was exactly what I wanted from my career – guidance and a clear path of progression. I was very open-minded when searching for positions, as I knew I didn’t have any experience in the field and therefore wasn’t sure what I would enjoy working on the most. After looking through job postings and graduate schemes, I quickly realised that I wanted to train in a medium-sized firm, as they offered more than just experience in audit. Citroen Wells immediately stood out as they work across a variety of industries – from media and entertainment to solicitors and FCA-regulated clients, and offer experience in audit, accounting and tax.

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of responsibility I was given from the beginning, as well as the fact that I had the opportunity to work directly for the partners, all while feeling supported by everyone I worked with. Within a few months of starting my training contract I had worked with the majority of seniors and managers at the firm, which made me feel more a part of a team and less like just another employee. Regular meetings with the training partner have also been a benefit, as they focus not only on feedback on my work, but also on my development – what aspects of the job I’ve enjoyed the most and what skills I would like to improve.

While studying for the ACA is time-consuming and it can be difficult to say no to a night out with exams around the corner, nothing feels as good and rewarding as passing those exams. I haven’t looked back since I applied for a training contract at Citroen Wells, and I would advise anyone looking for a breadth of experience to apply to a medium-sized firm!

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