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Counting on a rewarding career

Counting on a rewarding career
Gareth Rees.
Wednesday 9th June 2010 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Gareth Rees has been offered a job as a trainee with a top accountancy firm. As well as working for four days he will also attend a day-release course to gain his AAT accountancy qualification.

He will work for RSM Tenon, which is the seventh biggest accountancy firm in the UK, at its Leicester branch, liaising with clients and learning the business. Gareth, who studies Business, Maths and Chemistry A Levels has to gain 240 UCAS points (equal to three Grade Cs) to secure his job, which starts at the end of August.

'There were two interviews, one with medium level managers, which was more technical where they asked me about different things to do with accountancy to gauge my knowledge. I was invited back to a second interview with a director and senior manager which was more relaxed. They wanted to see what I was like, it was more a personality test than assessing my knowledge.'

For Gareth, who was also applying to study accountancy at university, this job opportunity is perfect: 'It's something I always wanted to do and by having a job and doing day release it means I'll be earning money and gaining a qualification. I'll have three more years relevant experience than if I went to university and then started job hunting.'

He will work in many accountancy disciplines before choosing one to focus on: 'Even in my first couple of weeks I might meet 30 clients from different business areas. In this job you have to be able to communicate well with people and be adaptable. With Tenon I'll do tax, audit, commercial accounts; you become a jack of all trades which is good because if you have got knowledge in all areas then you can choose whatever you want to specialise in later.'

Gareth has advice for other Sixth Formers who want to go into the world of work: 'It's hard work, you have got to apply to lots of different firms, you have got to put yourself out there and make sure you write to loads of companies. Just get to the interview, be confident and make sure you know your stuff. They asked me a lot of questions about their business so when you go to an interview make sure you know about the whole business; it doesn't take long to read up about it.'

Mr Andrew Primmett, careers adviser at Brooke Weston, who helped Gareth with his CV said: ' Gareth marketed himself very skillfully. His success proves there are some fabulous opportunities out there provided we know how to take advantage of them.'

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