I started my placement on June 10th 2019 and was given an ‘office tour’ to meet the various staff I would be working with and the partners of the firm. Everyone was welcoming, friendly and very approachable which helped calm my first day nerves. I was taken to the Audit department and given a set of accounts to do with the help of various people. It didn’t surprise me that I would be given work to do, I was just a little shocked that I was given the responsibility of going through all of the cash books and credit card statements to fill out a company’s accounts – not because I wouldn’t be able to do it, just the sheer responsibility of it all. Here I was, a university student, doing the same work as an Audit Senior. It was quite daunting but at the same time, I was quite excited to see for myself how much I could do on my own.
After a week of looking at various companies and completing accounts, I was asked if I wanted to go out to a company and be a part of the Audit team. Obviously I was a little nervous, I wasn’t sure how they would feel having me there but again, I was welcomed warmly and they didn’t seem to mind all the questions I was asking! None of the staff at the office or in the Audit team seemed to mind me asking questions, even if I found them a little silly. I was told that nothing I asked would be stupid and that they were glad I was asking questions because it meant that I was engaged in what I was doing.
Three weeks in, I was moved downstairs to the Tax department. I was really excited to move on to Tax as it was a subject I very much enjoyed learning about at university. It was a little different in the Tax department as everyone would be in the office every day compared to Audit where different people would be in at different times so it seemed that I met someone new every day. As soon as I was placed in the Tax department, I was given Tax Returns to do – something that I hadn’t learned about at university as I was used to Corporation Tax. It was difficult to get my head round in the first week but after a while it clicked and I began to enjoy it.
I’m now on my ninth week of my six week placement – I was asked to stay on for longer to work in the Tax department and I can honestly say that I jumped at the opportunity. I knew that I wanted to be an Accountant when I first started studying the subject at university and any experience I could get now would greatly help me in the future. I have also been offered the graduate scheme that they do here at PKF Francis Clark, subject to me achieving a 2:1 at university, something that I hoped would happen but I did not think that it could.
All this has started from applying for a summer placement and I honestly urge anyone who is considering one to do one! PKF Francis Clark has helped me so much, I now know what I want to do and I enjoy doing it! I cannot thank all the staff enough for everything that they have done for me and I am looking forward to my future with the firm.