A day in the life of an ACA Trainee with WSM

Written on 1 October 2014

“Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup, and looking up I noticed I was late.” A Day in the Life – The Beatles

But seriously…

I have been training with WSM for 4 months and I’m enjoying the experience so far. Day to day tasks at the office include anything from assisting with administration, to preparing a full set of accounts from start to finish, mostly the latter.

Throughout the year as a trainee we attend a college in London to study and take exams to achieve an ACA qualification. You would presume working full time and studying for an ACA qualification simultaneously would cause a brain overload. Contrary to this assumption, each trip to college provides a little more knowledge and expertise providing a deeper understanding of accounting concepts, resulting in the job becoming easier.

WSM is a smaller firm, and therefore can offer one to one training, allowing you to experience the accounting process from start to finish with a mentor guiding you along the way. When people think of a smaller firm, they assume that the majority of work consists of personal taxes and self employed individuals, but this isn’t the case at all with WSM as we handle a great quantity of large clients, offering a broad range of experience to trainees.

The environment is lively and sociable, not the cliché you’d expect of an accountant’s office (employees with visors typing thousands of numbers into typewriters). I am surrounded by trainees of varying levels, all happy and willing to help with any queries I may have, regardless of how simple or complex the issue.

The most surprising element I’ve had working for WSM is that I am always able to leave work at 5:30pm. You hear horror stories of office environments where employees stay up all hours desperately trying to finish projects before deadlines, sometimes having to sleep at work to get the job done. Thankfully WSM promote good time management and really encourage staff to enjoy a proper work life balance.

So in summary, I believe that training with a smaller firm has a lot of great advantages over a bigger firm; you get a much broader range of experience rather than a lot of experience in one discipline, one to one advice on a regular basis, a friendly working environment and sociable working hours.

The Fab Four might even approve!