• Role: Trainee Accountant
  • Location: London
  • University: Exeter
  • Degree: BA Geography
  • Organisation: Blick Rothenberg Limited

Chanil Patel

Why Blick?

Blick Rothenberg stood out to me as a top medium-size firm with a diverse client portfolio. I had already decided I did not want to apply to the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms and felt that a trainee role at Blick Rothenberg would provide me with some excellent exposure to some really interesting clients. There is a strong emphasis on training and personal development at the firm, meaning the jobs you are put on are often tailored to provide experience in your areas of interest. Also, there are plenty of in-house training sessions which allow you to develop skills which cannot be learned from a book.

Why did you choose a job in this profession?

I wanted to train as a chartered accountant, as the qualification provides an excellent foundation for the world of business. I knew that the combination of training, on-the-job learning and professional qualifications would create an excellent foundation for my career.

How did you get your job at Blick Rothenberg?

I applied through the online application process, which has three stages. First there is an application form and some verbal, logical and numerical tests. Then, if successful, a video assessment and online test that you can do from home which saves travelling into London and is a quick process. Then finally there is an assessment day where you get to meet partners at the firm and current trainees, as well as seeing the company. There was a quick turnaround in between the different stages and the process did not take long.

What was the application process like? Any advice?

The application process is straight forward and everyone is really friendly and knowledgeable.

The standout point for me was meeting with two partners during the interview process as it emphasised the firm’s commitment to people.

What are your main duties?

Initially you spend quite a lot of time working out at client sites, but as you progress through your training contract you will start to plan and lead small audit teams. We have a really interesting client base and most trainees will gain exposure to accounting, auditing, corporation tax and management advice. I have also been involved in some due diligence work which was really interesting. This is all combined with spending quite a bit of time formally attending technical training and studying at college for your professional qualification.

Is it a 9-5 job?

Generally there is a good work/life balance. There are busier times and quieter times and you have to plan your work and study carefully to ensure you get the balance right, particularly during the run up to examinations. There are also department socials every month where you get to relax and spend time with your colleagues more informally.

What skills are useful in this profession?

I feel that you need to be a team player and have a willingness to learn. Having not worked in this field prior to my training contract I initially had a steep learning curve, but this was made easier by the friendly and approachable colleagues around me.

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