ACA Trainee, first year

Graduate vacancies

Mihaela Popescu

  • Undergraduate Course: Accounting & Finance
  • University Attended: City, University of London

How did you find the recruitment process for a spot on our Graduate Training programme? What would have improved the process?
Even though the recruitment process seemed quite lengthy, each stage was fairly straightforward and in line with my expectations. I definitely enjoyed the final group assessment day, as a very friendly environment has been built, which made me feel at ease from the start of the day all the way through.

What is the best thing about working at CBW?
There are so many wonderful things about working at CBW. My favourites are the CBW values and people. Work doesn’t feel like work when you are surrounded by amazing people in an environment with such great values.  

What do you enjoy most about your job role?
As an ACA trainee I enjoy the diversity in the jobs I’m assigned on a daily basis. Each job provides opportunities to learn new things and gain experience in various areas in fairly short amounts of time.

How would you describe the working culture?
CBW has strong core values that are reflected in the working culture. These values revolve around professional and personal relationships, some of which are care, loyalty and integrity. The CBW culture enables its people to make friendships whilst maintaining the professional standards intact.

What element of your job role do you find most rewarding?
One of the most rewarding element for me is receiving feedback after completing a job and having my work approved by the manager in charge.

What has been your most memorable moment at CBW so far?
Amongst the most memorable moments at CBW is the Summer party. It was nice to spend some time in the sunshine with the fellow colleagues after a day at work. People at CBW know how to have a good time.

Can you describe a ‘typical day’ at CBW?
There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ at CBW. You might be in the office one day and visiting a client the next day. Wherever you work, there is no way to know what sort of day is awaiting you.

How has working for CBW helped your professional development/career so far?
CBW has already helped me gain some practical knowledge in preparing accounts and auditing companies from various industries. Within the 7 months I have worked at CBW, not only I have gained some valuable work experience but I have also completed some of my ACA training profile.