How did you get your job at Kreston Reeves?
The application process took place over three stages. This included:
- Three online tests: numerical, verbal and logical
- Half day Assessment Centre with an initial interview, group exercise and in-tray test
- 10 minute presentation to a senior panel followed by a second interview.
Why did you choose Kreston Reeves?
At the time I started, Kreston Reeves had just been awarded ‘Training Firm of the Year’ by the British Accountancy Awards. I thought I’d get more in-depth knowledge by training at a medium firm rather than a large one, as you can touch upon more areas. Kreston Reeves is also a very well known firm within London and the South East; currently 24th largest firm according to Accountancy Age. The vast spread of their 10 offices means that they are local to many employees, requiring little travel time between work and home.
What challenges have you come across and what support have you received?
The biggest challenge starting as a student trainee is adopting the correct work-life balance. Kreston Reeves actively support the students by sending them on refresher courses, should they already have exam exemptions. This revision of prior knowledge can provide a comfort to those that may have received exemptions for courses they took a few years ago. Kreston Reeves promotes the work-life balance through their Sports & Social events, whereby free or subsidised events are put on for all staff throughout the year.
How do you see yourself progressing from your current position in the next 2-3 years?
As time passes I’d expect to pick up larger and more complex clients. Once qualified, the door is open to many other departments and not a single route to the department assigned to you at the start. The development of online accounting will revolutionise the way we work as accountants, so I expect my role to be very different in 3 years time.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to work at Kreston Reeves?
Go for it! It will be the biggest challenge you will have faced so far, but the future rewards will outweigh the short-term sacrifices. The key to success will be a constant good attitude to hard work and being a good team player. You will go as far as you push.