• Role: Graduate Trainee
  • Location: London
  • University: Oxford
  • Degree: Masters

Helen Storr

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Introduction

Working for a medium-sized firm like Brebners was always the right decision for me because you have the opportunity to start forming a working relationship with the clients from the beginning of your training contract. As a very sociable person, it was important for me to work for a firm that allows trainees to be client-facing early on.
Further, for smaller clients, you will work on the whole file individually with the support of a manager or senior, so you can see the wider picture of their business and develop a solid business acumen.
From the outset, you will get used to communicating with partners and managers on a daily basis, this is not always the case in larger firms.
You will gain good experience in both audit and accountancy, as well as some tax and company secretarial experience as opposed to being in a specialised field from the beginning, this will help you steer your own career based on your preferences and strengths.

Brebners

From the moment I walked into the reception area at Brebners on interview day, I knew I wanted to work here. It just felt right and I have been very happy here.
Brebners is a friendly, approachable firm and the people here work hard and achieve a great deal but also have lives and interests outside of work. This was key for me.
Brebners is always keen to employ people from all walks of life and your university degree subject is not important.

The office is open plan which helps to create an accessible and friendly environment to work in. It enhances communication between departments and experience levels and means you can easily approach staff for help and advice.
Outside of work, there are many Brebners social events such as the Christmas party, the annual karaoke and the highly anticipated, much loved quiz night. Further, when students pass exams, we organise drinks to celebrate their hard work and success!

Office Life

As a junior you will start your Brebners career in the audit department where you will be booked onto various assignments working for a wide range of clients. You will be exposed to a mixture of both audit work out at the clients’ offices and statutory accounts preparation, in-house. In your first eighteen months you may also be seconded to the tax and media departments to assist them during their busiest periods, which provides a great opportunity for increasing your breadth of experience.
Brebners operates a ‘hot-desking’ system in the audit department meaning that, in theory, juniors will regularly move desks so that they can be positioned next to the senior or manager who will be supervising their assignment. This ensures that juniors receive the help and advice they need in order to perform to the best possible standards.

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