Degree subject BA Accounting & Finance, Dublin City University (2010)
Job title Trainee Accountant
Employer Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon
When deciding on a college course accountancy was recommended to me by the people I most admire. Incorporating my strengths with numbers, I understood a qualification in accounting would stand me in good stead irrespective of my chosen career.
After commencing my final year in college I started researching prospective employers before the accountancy milkround. I was looking for a company which offered experience across a wide range of industry sectors. Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon really stood out to me; after my interview with them the firm felt like the perfect fit. As with all trainee accountant positions there were a huge number of applicants, so when I was offered the job I was absolutely delighted – I couldn’t wait to get started!
There's far less time to relax in the working world – since starting my traineeship I've learned a lot about responsibility and hard work. Finishing college hasn't meant waving goodbye to a social life though; I've met so many new people here and the firm organises some brilliant group events. There is an annual pitch and putt outing that takes place in the summer which is always great fun. No one is a stranger and everyone really helped me to adapt at work.
One of the best things about my job is the variety: audits, accounts preparation, corporation tax computations; I've done it all. I've had a great deal of responsibility from the start. Meeting deadlines was hard to begin with, but I quickly learned how to manage time effectively and my colleagues are always at hand to give advice.
Studying while working in a full time job is not easy; my lectures take place after work and at weekends so I try to take everything step by step to prevent becoming too overwhelmed. Having successfully completed my first two CAP2 exams, the next step is to sit the remaining CAP2 exams. I find a little bit of study on a regular basis keeps me on track.
Advice for graduates
Being well prepared for interviews will give you that extra confidence boost. Give your all when tackling new tasks at work and never be afraid to ask questions – others will be impressed by your determination and enthusiasm. Taking pride in your work will help you to progress.
Katie Boyne was interviewed for the gradireland directory 2012.