Mark James and Sarah Graves have recently qualified as Chartered Accountants with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the firm is very proud of them. Here are their stories:-
Mark“I was fairly certain where I wanted my career to head when I was in the 6th form at school and I was keen on business studies and maths. Having got my A levels, I decided to go to Newcastle University and took a degree in Accountancy. I did really well there then started applying for jobs. I sent off applications for some of the big national firms like KPMG and PriceWaterhouse Coopers plus I applied to local firms, Dodd & Co, Saint & Co and David Allen & Co.
I knew in my heart I wanted to be with a firm where I could really make a difference and somewhere that was passionate about looking after people so I accepted the job at David Allen & Co and embarked on a three year training contract to study to be a Chartered Accountant. It was hard work but I was given time away from the office to study at Newcastle and there were some good memories too like the time my group sat our first mock exam then hit the pub where we watched the England cricket team win back the Ashes.
I am really pleased I stuck at it and I am now fully qualified”.
Sarah“I started my career at Accountancy firm Dodd & Co in Carlisle where I started studying towards my Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification. I knew I wanted to further myself and become a Chartered Accountant but there were no opportunities available at Dodd & Co at that time so I looked for a career move and was offered a job at David Allen & Co.
Like Mark, I was also given the opportunity to start on a three year training contract and given time to complete my studies at Newcastle. As I had already completed my AAT, I could finish the training 1 year earlier as you are able to backdate your work experience. I was delighted in August when I got my results and found out I had passed all three final exams. I applied for membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and became a member in January.
I am now officially a Chartered Accountant and all the hard work and determination was well worth it”.
Mark James & Sarah Graves