I am currently studying Accountancy & Finance at the University of Exeter which is a four year degree including an industrial placement year. Back in February I contacted the OB office seeking related work experience during the summer.
The Old Brightonians put me in contact with Mr. Sandford of Wilson Sandford Ltd, Chartered Accountants based in Hove, which resulted in a week-long placement with the firm. This was a fantastic experience!
Having completed the first year of my course, I was well equipped with the basics of accounting but to be able to apply it in a real-world setting was very instructional, interesting and confirmed I had made the right choice of degree and career.
To my surprise, I was given substantive work to do on existing client accounts including posting trial balances, reconciling transactions, scheduling movements in directors’ accounts and preparing certificates of deduction of income tax. I also learned to use professional accounting software including Iris and Xero. As I limp back to Exeter for my second year following my recent knee surgery, I feel the placement will better help me relate my future academic studies to professional accountancy practice and I will start enthusiastically seeking my third year placement.
I would like to very much thank the Old Brightonians and Mr. Sandford for this opportunity and the staff at Wilson Sandford for their patience and support during my time there!