ACA Trainee (1st year)

Graduate vacancies

Elliot Bates

  • Undergraduate Course: Geography with proficiency in French
  • University Attended: University of Exeter

How did you find the recruitment process for a spot on our Graduate Training programme? What would have improved the process?
I found the recruitment process interesting and, dare I say it, slightly fun. I was made to feel very relaxed and welcome in the interviews and the assessment day was an experience. I had a slightly larger audience than I was anticipating which threw me off for a second! Being able to talk to the current grads also gave a good insight, getting the insider info really helped sell CBW to me.

What is the best thing about working at CBW?
Probably the people, there is always someone happy to help with your query, of which there are many in the first few months. There are also plenty of people to chat to at lunch, whether you are an early or late lunch-er

What do you enjoy most about your job role?
This is probably a tie between the variety and the people. The variety in the job and the amount you learn in such a short space of time; and the people who work at CBW who make it enjoyable.

How would you describe the working culture? 
Helpful; whenever you have a query, there is always someone who is willing to help you out, whether it be a fellow grad, a senior or even a manager. They are happy to take the time to explain and ensure you understand the problem.

What element of your job role do you find most rewarding? 
I would say being given a job on a client for the first time and not being able to do it, and then being taught how to. Then when it comes to completing the same job on another client and smashing it out of the park. The feeling when you look back and compare yourself with when you started to 3, 6, 9 months in and how much you have learned without realising.

What has been your most memorable moment at CBW?
Probably coming to the Christmas party, before even starting, and seeing the staff and partners ‘letting their hair down’ before seeing then in the office. Seeing the staff in a social situation before the office made the first day a lot less ominous.

Can you describe a ‘typical day’ at CBW?
There isn’t a typical day, as such; one day could be spent on a stock take at a client in Italy, the next week you could be out on audit at a client in the Midlands or even working in the office being scooped up by another department to help. The range of work means you learn so much so quickly, whilst getting a broad exposure to all types of clients and client work at CBW.

How has working for CBW helped your professional development/career so far?
Beyond the obvious ACA exams, I have also been sent on seminar days to keep up to date on specific rules relating to clients. My confidence too has grown, through discussing matters with clients while out on site, and being pushed to do so. The workload also improves your work efficiency and time management skills.