• Name: Madeleine Hegarty
  • Job Title: Trainee Accountant
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Type of Qualification: AAT
  • Areas of Specialism: Tax

About me

I joined the Business team at Price Bailey in June 2021 having just completed my A-levels. I am currently on an apprenticeship studying towards my Level 4 AAT qualification. After this, I will be looking to complete my ACA qualification. I enjoy being pushed to learn new things and being challenged every day. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dogs and riding my horse.

Why did you choose a job in this profession?

I originally considered a management accounts role, but when I researched what roles were available to me as a school leaver leaver it seemed that I would gain a better understanding of accountancy through a structured trainee scheme with a practice firm.

What attracted you to your role?

Primarily it was the culture of the firm, as well as the well-established study programme and the people. The culture at Price Bailey is one in which employees are viewed as an asset. All employees are respected and trusted, which is demonstrated through policies such as Smart Working and ‘dress for your day.’

What are your main duties?

My main duties include drafting tax returns and annual accounts for sole traders, partnerships and small Limited Companies. I also complete P11d and P11d (b) forms as well as create sales invoices for our clients to send to their customers for billing. My role is very varied due to this spread of tasks using different accounting software to complete different tasks. I am challenged every day to learn something new, which I love, and I have the full support of my team within Price Bailey whenever I need help with a new or challenging task.

Is it a 9-5 job?

We have a Smart Working policy which enables all employees to flex their hours around their personal lives, providing all deadlines have been met and you work the required hours per your contract. My role is very varied in terms of workload which means that it is always exciting to start the day and face new tasks and challenges.

What skills are useful in this job?

Great personal skills are essential to be able to communicate effectively with the team and clients, as well as time management skills to ensure you balance your workload effectively alongside your studies.

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to enter the profession?

My best advice is to do some work experience with an accountancy firm to understand what the day to day role looks like and what to expect.

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