The range of challenges really expanded my accountancy skillset in a short timeframe
I joined Dixon Wilson as an intern, prior to my final year at Sheffield University where I studied BSc Economics with Finance.
I knew that an internship would provide me with valuable work experience and the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the accountancy profession, as well as the chance to find out what life as a trainee at the firm would entail.
Working in one of the family office teams, I learnt a great deal about the range of services the firm provides to its clients. I was tasked with a great variety of work including calculation of potential capital gains tax, preparing tax returns, cash flow forecasting and I was also involved in preparing a tender document to pitch for a new client. This range of challenges really expanded my accountancy skillset in a short timeframe and I was given more challenging work to do as I proved myself capable with existing tasks, which is something I specifically appreciated.
Throughout the internship I was given a high level of responsibility but also found everybody in the office to be incredibly approachable which helped me to settle in well. I also had plenty of interaction with senior colleagues which made me feel like a valued member of the team. The firm has a very friendly and inclusive culture which is reflected in the number of various social events held throughout the year which help to build stronger relationships with colleagues outside of the workplace.
I am really grateful for the experience gained from my internship and after completing my university studies I returned to Dixon Wilson on the graduate scheme, where I am currently studying towards my ACA qualification.