• Name: Natalie Reeve
  • Job Title: Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Location: Loughborough
  • University: Loughborough
  • Degree: BSc Mathematics with Management
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance

Why Blick Rothenberg?

I chose to train at Blick Rothenberg because they are a top medium-sized firm that places particular importance on their trainees’ personal and professional development, whilst offering a lot of support throughout your qualification. The company also has a wide range of clients, providing the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, giving you the experiences needed for your future development.

Why did you choose a job in this sector/profession?

I chose to train as a chartered accountant as the ACA qualification provides a good foundation for a career in the financial services industry. I liked the fact that the ACA covers so many areas of business and finance which allows you to pursue a wide variety of career prospects. Also, I enjoy a challenge and knew that the role and the qualification would be just that.

How did you get your job at Blick Rothenberg?

I applied to Blick Rothenberg through the online application. Once I completed the form, there were numerical, verbal and logical tests and a short recorded video interview which can be done at home at any time. There was then an assessment day which consisted of partner interviews, a group exercise, a presentation and a couple more online tests. I would recommend looking at their website for more information on the application process.

What was the application process like – any advice?

The application process was the most efficient I had been through; Blick is very quick to get back to you at each stage. In terms of advice I would say that you just need to make sure your willingness to learn and develop comes across because you’re not expected to know everything there is to know about accounting at the interview stage!

What are your main duties/roles?

The role consists mainly of account preparations and audits. As an audit junior, you spend quite a bit of time at client sites as part of an audit team. However, some audits and accounts preparations are office based which I find is a good balance.

As you progress through the qualification you will gain more responsibility and begin to work independently and lead your own teams on audits and account preparations. You also spend time studying at college as you work towards your professional qualification and undertake formal, technical and soft skills training.

What skills are useful in this sector/profession?

I would say that you need to be good at working with others as audit is heavily team based, requiring you to work with any one team for up to 6 weeks. You also need to have good organisational skills as you’ll have to balance various aspects of work in addition to studying.

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to get into the industry?

I would recommend doing thorough research into the different qualifications available to ensure you choose a qualification which suits your interests.

Take a look at the latest Blick Rothenberg vacancies here.

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