Putting theory into practice

Charlotte Jeal joined us on a placement from Aston University in September. Here, the travel-loving Accounting and Finance student tells us about her experience at Page Kirk.

Charlotte on a night out in January with colleagues.

I originally wanted to do a placement year because I found it difficult to understand how the theoretical content we learn at university applies in a real company. After completing my first five months, things are much clearer, and I will use my knowledge to help me when I go back to Aston in September for my final year of studying Accounting and Finance.

Since my placement started last autumn, I have been working in the tax department, preparing accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, and then ultimately completing self-assessment tax returns. Now the tax return deadline has pasted in January, I have moved to the accounts department and will stay there for the remainder of my placement. Here I will also assist with audits.

I noticed the opportunity to work across both departments was rare when I was searching for placements. It means I will leave with more varied experience, and have a better idea of what my future specialism might be.

Charlotte and colleagues in office taking part in car racing simulator competition.

Charlotte at the Christmas party.

Another unique opportunity was to complete my CFAB qualification this year. This consists of six exams, which are the first of the fifteen needed to become a fully qualified accountant with the ICAEW. This means by the time I graduate, I will have a head start, and have already learnt the type of work needed to become fully qualified.

Everyone at Page Kirk has been extremely welcoming, and there is a great community. There are often social events being organised, such as the Christmas party, attending ice hockey games, or going out for drinks. The whole office is always ready to answer any questions, which makes learning and picking up new skills much easier.

Page Kirk offers 12-month placements that give a real insight into life as either a chartered accountant or chartered tax adviser. There's a competitive salary and the experience looks great on your CV. If you impress us, there may be an opportunity to progress to our graduate scheme when you finish university. Find out more by visiting https://www.pagekirk.co.uk/careers/placements-for-students

Charlotte watching Leicester Tigers with colleagues Tom Johnson, assistant manager, Jonathan Tait and Jonathan Brown from our graduate scheme and Jordan Dittmer, from our international work exchange programme.