After leaving school I knew I wanted to begin working towards a career in accounting, so I began my Professional Diploma in Accounting with AAT. Once I had achieved this, I was on the lookout for the right opportunity to kickstart my career, so joining a growing independent firm like DSG was an amazing opportunity for me.
I started at DSG in 2018 as an Accounts Assistant, where I supported the trusts team with basic book-keeping. During my time in this role, I learnt so much about the career path in practice and began thinking about how I’d like to progress in the future.
In December 2019, I started working towards my STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting and have recently been promoted to Trust Adviser on the team. Every trust is different, and I love learning the details of each case.
Over the time I’ve spent at DSG, I’ve learnt so much about both accountancy and professionalism from my colleagues, clients and network. Beginning your first job can be an intimidating thing, so here is my advice for anyone just starting out their career in accountancy:
1. Explore your options
It’s a common belief that you need a university degree to go into a career in accountancy. In fact, a recent survey by AAT found that, alongside teaching and law, accountancy is believed to be one of the most difficult professions to access without a university degree.
Despite this, vocational routes are a viable and valuable way to access the career. Open to anyone, AAT qualifications are a brilliant introduction to accountancy, and these alternative routes also play a large role in helping to diversify the accounting landscape. Therefore, take the time to really consider the route that best suits you.
2. Ask questions
Going into your first job can be intimidating, and there are many little things about your first professional role that may surprise you. It’s so important to ask questions, no matter how small. From soft skills, such as communication and time management, to hard skills such as tax planning and compliance, there’s so much to learn from your colleagues, and it’s okay to ask for advice while you’re still learning.
3. Don’t underestimate yourself
In my time at DSG, I’ve always had plenty of opportunity to advance my career, and the responsibility that is placed with colleagues at all levels of seniority has really helped me to do that. This may not come easy, but being confident in your own and your team’s ability to think pragmatically and tackle challenges will be a great learning curve. In my view, the best way to develop is to throw yourself right in!
To find out more about opportunities at DSG, visit: www.dsg.uk.com/careers