My name is Jezz, and I started as an ACA trainee at Francis Clark in the Taunton office back in January 2021 (during a lockdown). This isn’t how I pictured the start of my professional career to look like, however, the team at Francis Clark gave me a huge amount of support to get me started in my new role. Upon starting at the firm, I was assigned a work buddy who checked in with me at the end of each day, which really helped to ease me into the job.

The amount time and energy that the firm has invested in me still surprises me today. Within the first month of starting, I was on a 2-week training course to get my base knowledge up to standard which really helped to ease me into the job. Subsequently, I have had regular performance discussions, a variety of other training courses, and multiple ethics training days. All of these have aided to bolster my skills and competencies massively, and I know that I have only just gotten started.

In addition to training and development, there is a real family feel to the firm’s culture. From day one, I have been made to feel at home, and I feel that this is very important when starting a new job. Since starting, I have been to multiple social events that have been organised by the social committee, such as bowling, water sports, and virtual meetups! These social events really help to bond the team, and I feel that I have got to know my colleagues on a more personal level at these events.

Overall, I can’t thank Francis Clark enough for all the help and support over the past 9 months, and I know that I will continue to receive this support throughout my career with the firm.

If you would like to find out more and apply for our early careers ACA or ATT-CTA accountancy apprenticeship training programmes, visit: pkf-francisclarkcareers.co.uk/early-careers