From the Horses Mouth – An Interview With An Apprentice
In this blog, Apprentice Josh McDermid from our St. Austell office spills the beans about being an apprentice.
“Having always had an interest in mathematics, business studies and economics, I thought accounting would provide the best combination of these interests and allow me to explore further how a business operates. I graduated university in 2013, but found it difficult to find a job in Cornwall in accounting. Most of the feedback I received from job applications were looking for individuals either qualified by experience or who have a recognised accounting qualification such as AAT, ACCA, etc.
After sending out numerous letters and copies of my CV, I was given the opportunity of voluntary work experience with Harland Accountants which I found it very engaging and knew for sure this was what I wanted to do. I asked one of the directors of the practice to consider me for any future vacancies.
Four months later I was informed that a position had arisen for an accounting apprentice with Harland Accountants. I snapped up the opportunity attended two interviews over as many days and a few days later, I had the job. I was ecstatic!
I was paired with a senior member of staff at Harland Accountants, where I received guidance on my work whilst simultaneously being allowed access to client’s records and given jobs like any other member of staff. I valued the level of responsibility I was given as well as the experience I was gaining from a number of different areas within accounting such as accounts, book-keeping, VAT returns, payroll and business tax.
Whilst working in practice, I also attend a local college to complete my AAT studies and aim to become a qualified accountant. This has been very beneficial to me as it allows me to apply my technical knowledge from my AAT studies to real-life examples through work.
There are other learning opportunities too, such as attending a seminar on employment law and payroll and then present my findings to the rest of the payroll team. I feel like a key member of the Harlands team.
I am extremely happy with work and my studies, and look forward to the next chapter of my professional development through a career in accounting.”