• Role: Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Location: Canary Wharf (London)
  • University: Warwick
  • Degree: Economics

Kathleen Carter

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How did you get your job at PKF Littlejohn LLP?
I decided to apply to accountancy firms after finishing my degree and PKF Littlejohn was my first interview. The application process included numerical and verbal reasoning tests, a telephone interview and an assessment centre. The assessment centre comprised of a presentation about the firm, a group task and discussion and a final interview with a manager and partner. I was very nervous before the interview, but I was instantly put at ease by the friendly approach of the staff, and it felt more like a discussion of how my skills and interests were suited to the firm; I was delighted when they offered me the job.

What is your weekly schedule like?
As part of the Financial Services division, I am involved in the audit of various firms including insurance companies, brokers and investment managers. The majority of these clients are situated in the City of London. Most of the time, I am based at the client offices and this gives me the opportunity to learn more about their day to day business. Moving between different clients also means that I have the opportunity to work with many members of the Financial Services team; this has enabled me to learn a wide range of skills and approaches.

Preparing for professional examinations at the same time as working can be challenging, but I feel very well supported and have benefitted from the exam preparation courses. There are often opportunities to socialise with people across the firm and the Canary Wharf office is friendly and welcoming.

What is your role in the firm?
I am now in my second year with the firm and currently working as a Junior Assignment Leader. In this role, I am given more responsibility and the opportunity to lead smaller audits; I also benefit from being part of a larger team for more complex clients. Through this approach, I have been able to learn on the job very quickly which has built up my confidence and knowledge of the industry.

This experience has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of audit, accounting and tax for the exams. I have greatly appreciated the chance to work closely with managers and partners who have been able to provide valuable feedback about my work and how I can continue to improve.

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