15th July, 2019, Stephenson Smart
The latest recruits at an accountancy firm are proof that the path into the profession can stem from many different routes.
Curtis Booth and Aaron Hunter are the newest trainees at Stephenson Smart’s Great Yarmouth office, with both studying for an ACA.
Both heard of the company’s recruitment scheme, which encourages the diversity of candidates from A-level education standard to those looking for a change of career.
Aaron, 28, previously worked for a business delivering an EU-funded project across Norfolk and Suffolk, helping companies to innovate and scientists to move into the commercial landscape.
He later discovered there was a gap in his knowledge when it came to understanding the financial side of business, sparking an interest in accountancy.
Curtis’s route was completely the opposite. He spent three years at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge studying maths.
After completed his degree he took a gap year to investigate his career path, with accountancy training the preferred choice.
“I knew that Stephenson Smart conducted a very successful training programme and currently there are around 25 of us spread across our six offices,” said Curtis, 23.
“I like the fact that we have an opportunity to gain experience from people with different expertise. Everyone is very supportive.”
Aaron said: “I think it is important to try out as many areas of accountancy as you can. I think some parts are suited to each individual and some aren’t, which helps you to decide on whether you are going to pursue a specialism.
“It isn’t just about the theory, you have to be able to put everything you learn into practice. You can know absolutely everything you need to know, but if you can’t transfer those skills to the real world then it is pointless. Working as you are learning matters a lot and we are extremely lucky to be able to do that here.”
Aaron and Curtis are both supported by the experience of existing staff, as well as study days at Kaplan’s training centre in Norwich.
Both hope to be qualified by 2021 and would like to continue their studies to become chartered tax advisors.