Ella Punter – AAT Trainee

Read about Ella’s training experience
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When did you join?

I joined in August 2016.

Describe a typical working day for you

No two days are the same. At the moment I work in the owner-managed business team, preparing accounts for a wide variety of businesses. It is extremely varied and has allowed me to learn many new technical skills. There is a lot of communication that goes on between clients and colleagues in other departments within Roffe Swayne. This is something I really enjoy as I have always wanted to be part of a team and work with a large group of people.

Why Roffe Swayne?

Having completed my work experience with Roffe Swayne, it was clear to me that working for a company with many ‘young’ colleagues was what I was looking for. Also, knowing that there are many social events throughout the year was an extra bonus. It made me feel like I wouldn’t be missing out on what people call the ‘uni life’. There is a real sense of community between the trainees which makes a big difference.

How have you found it?

From what seemed like a daunting prospect of going straight into full-time work after finishing A-levels, I was pleasantly surprised as to how understanding everyone was when it came to me learning something which was, to be frank, completely new to me. Everyone would always take the time to help me develop my knowledge and understanding of accounts, so I was never made to feel like I didn’t know what I was doing.

And the people?

The people here are all very welcoming and sociable. Whilst being one of the youngest in the office, I’ve never been made to feel like I’m the odd one out, partly due to everyone being so friendly and approachable.

What has been your best moment?

The best moment so far would have to be the time we all visited Lille for our Christmas social and wandered around the Christmas fayre and shops. Especially when we found the big ferris wheel which really just topped the whole day off!

And your biggest challenge?

As expected, when initially joining Roffe Swayne, the learning curve was very steep. For the first month or so, there was so much new information to grasp, by month 4 however, I was a lot more confident with what I was doing.

What are your plans for the future?

Having really enjoyed the past 2 years within the accountancy world, my aim is to complete the final year of AAT, before looking to hopefully become a fully qualified chartered accountant.

For more information

For more information on trainee opportunities at Roffe Swayne, contact Pauline Smith on:

01483 416232

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