What’s the career progression like?
Each year you study is like a steppingstone in terms of career progression. There’s usually an annual promotion as you gain knowledge, experience and pass your exams, along with generous pay rises to reflect your development. There’s a good career pathway here as a trainee and afterwards, when you’re qualified. Our graduate retention rates are a great example of this.
I really like the company culture at SRLV. They pay attention to people’s personalities and interests. It’s sociable and everyone is encouraged to get involved. They’re also interested in helping you shape your career path. I’d like to go into a more creative role within financial services eventually and there are so many opportunities here to do this.
What do you like most about working in audit?
It’s not all about finance and excel spreadsheets. You get to understand how businesses work; we speak to their staff, assess their operations and assess the ways they could improve their internal controls. Our audits create strategic outcomes for clients, which is one of the aspects of the work I enjoy most.
Unlike my degree, I’m applying my exam knowledge on a daily basis, which is rewarding and motivating in itself. It’s encouraging to feel your hard work pay off and actually be used in real life!
What’s the social life like?
I’m part of SRLV’s social committee. We always ensure there are events that everyone across the whole firm can get involved with, including staff from our sister organisations and those who’ve just been recruited. Once they have offers, interns and graduates are also invited to our summer socials to meet everyone before they start in September.
The partners want people to have interests and be sociable. They’re open to new ideas and brilliant at supporting the social committee to arrange staff events and activities. You get to know everyone very quickly and there’s a strong sense of our company culture.
It helps that there’s an emphasis on social events which are more inclusive. Not everyone drinks, for example, so we have cricket socials, darts tournaments and sports days; activities based on encouraging people to get up on their feet and try something new. It’s great for our mental health and wellbeing.