• Name: Zak Fraser
  • Job Title: Trainee Accountant
  • Location: London
  • Degree: Industrial Economics
  • Areas of Specialism: Other

Why did I choose Lubbock Fine?
I was attracted to medium sized firms as I believe that the training offered would be high quality with a more tailored approach. I was lucky enough to get a place on the summer scheme at the end of my second year of university and although it was only two weeks long, I really felt at home in the firm and thought it would be the perfect place for me to start my career. I did consider other firms however, in the end, I felt that Lubbock Fine were exactly what I was looking for; a welcoming mid-sized firm, where you feel that you’re making a difference.

What was the application process like?
I completed a summer placement application through the Lubbock Fine website, I had to complete some questions regarding my prior experience and why I thought I would be right for the role. The internship itself serves as a working interview on both sides, as I was tasked with helping complete areas of audit files, whilst supporting a senior member of the team. I also experienced the social aspect of LF life, taking part in the inaugural sports day whilst on my placement. Lubbock Fine could see how I applied myself and simultaneously I got a feel for the working environment at Lubbock Fine. Following the placement, I was invited for an assessment day during which my numerical, verbal and communication skills were tested. Following this, an interview day was organised, allowing me to meet with the partners, managers and other graduates.

What experience have I gained here?
During my time at Lubbock Fine, I have learnt a lot about accountancy. In less than a year I have gained a huge range of experiences by completing accounts for a variety of clients, from charities to property firms and using different accounting frameworks. The firm works across a variety of sectors which means exposure to many different areas of work. Along with working on audits, I have also had the opportunity to work on accounts preparation, which has enhanced my understanding of the nuts and bolts of accountancy, whilst also giving me the responsibility to work independently, which I very much enjoy. The audit teams are relatively small and are constantly rotated, this allows me to expand my audit experience as well as network with all the staff, from graduates up to senior level, which is a great feature of a mid-sized firm.

What type of training have I had?
Lubbock Fine offer three main types of training, the formal accountancy training at Brierley Price Prior (BPP), internal training, and finally, on the job training that is an integral part of our everyday work.

How do you rate the work/life balance?
Whilst hard work is important, LF also offers a great social life. You inevitably become close to the people that you join with as you go through your exams and the first days of accountancy life together; but you also get to know people throughout the firm at various social events such as our Christmas party, the annual firm away-day, our bi-annual charity quizzes and departmental socials. I have organised a regular five a side football match and also taken part in a few pub quizzes along with my colleagues. Lubbock Fine encourages a happy and settled work environment and a great work/life balance!

Is there anything specifically about LF that stands out to you?
I believe the friendly atmosphere and approachability is outstanding. All the managers and senior staff are very willing to help and want to see all graduates make the most of our time at the firm and progress as fast as possible.

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