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Staff stories.

Alec James, Charity and Not-for-profit team

I joined Buzzacott’s Charity and Not-for-profit team wanting to bring together my interest in charity work with learning business skills. 

I wanted to gain more practical skills, so it was a lightbulb moment when I learnt that there were accountants specialising in charity accounts. I have a Geography degree from the University of Exeter so not coming from a financial background, I was concerned about being a fish out of water, but since being at Buzzacott I’ve felt part of a community of trainees who are all in the same boat. There is a great working atmosphere here with lots of social events to get involved with as well.

A standout experience is definitely attending the One Young World conference for young leaders recently. We heard speakers like Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof and JK Rowling talking about the role of business in tackling big issues like global warming. 

Just a year into my role, I’m running my own audits and building relationships with clients. Looking back at when I started at Buzzacott I did not think I’d be doing this so early on!

Staff Story: Corporate Finance

Daryan Devereaux, Corporate Finance team

I joined Buzzacott as an Accounts Assistant in the Corporate Finance team in the summer of 2017. Having just made the decision to leave university, it was nerve wracking to say the least. Considering I studied History and German at university and had never had any experience working in a financial sector, Buzzacott really could not have made the transition any smoother.

I have found the experience of working, as well as attending college and studying for exams, both challenging and rewarding. Having on-the-job experience really does help when you are learning a particular topic and it has eased my nerves when taking exams, helping me pass all of them so far. Although I am still studying for my AAT qualification, I do not feel as though I am unable to do my job efficiently. My colleagues trust me to work to the best of my ability and I have gained independence when working with clients.

Even as a trainee, you really feel a sense of community at Buzzacott. I feel valued in my position and confident enough to give my opinion on situations that arise. Everyone is always willing and eager to help and I know everyone at Buzzacott is hoping that we succeed.

One thing I have really enjoyed at Buzzacott is the atmosphere in the work place. For a professional environment, the office is still young and I enjoy coming to work every day. Buzzacott encourages each employee to interact with each other on both professional and social levels and I believe this is why everyone works so well as a team.

I would encourage all trainees to consider Buzzacott for their future career. There really is a place for everyone here.

Staff Story - Corporate team

 Anna-Louise Shipley, Corporate & Business Services team

I studied English at Loughborough University and was a little nervous about coming in from a non-financial background, but I have never felt at a disadvantage. In actual fact, I think my English degree has made me feel more valuable as I am always being asked little questions about grammar!

I knew Buzzacott had a great reputation and, as I expected, the way I was treated throughout the recruitment process, and the feel of the offices when I arrived, was very professional. However, I didn't expect the whole atmosphere to be quite so vibrant, friendly and young.

The Corporate team has a bit of a reputation for being very sociable. Our regular social events are a great way to get to know everyone in the team, from partners and directors to other graduates, on a more personal level. Knowing everyone personally means that you're never afraid to ask questions.

I wanted to work for a medium sized firm where I believe you have the opportunity to gain a wider range of experience than in large firms.

In my job, I have a good mix of being in and out of the office. In my client facing role I often have the opportunity to meet our clients' directors and financial directors which is a great way to learn about businesses at a higher level. Having the whole firm in one office people really know one another and talk face to face, rather than via email. I've been able to work with everyone from the chairman to new graduates.