As I approach the end of my five months in Crediton, I feel it would be worthwhile reflecting on my time here and examine what I have learnt.

After two days of training, I was thrown in at the deep end, being asked to prepare accounts on my first day in the office. This was a steep learning curve but one that has benefitted me in the long term. Most of my work in the Crediton office has been carrying out accounts preparation for a range of small businesses, including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. I have also submitted some VAT returns and carried out administrative duties such as answering the phone when required.

Although my University studies have helped when it comes to technical accounting issues, I have learnt a lot more from my placement about the practical skills required in the profession. For Example, before joining Thomas Westcott, I had very little knowledge of computer programmes such as SAGE and ProAudit but can now use them confidently. In addition, my communication skills have improved greatly as being part of a small team means you have to work well together and deal with clients in a professional manner.

I have been given a lot of responsibility so far, both in terms of the jobs I have been given and the opportunity I have had to interact with clients. Whilst in the Crediton office, I have also enjoyed the variety of clients I have dealt with and the friendly colleagues I have worked with. As I head for the larger Exeter office, I hope that I will have the opportunity to carry out a wider variety of work, including some tax and audit assignments. As I progress through my placement I also aim to record a logbook of what I learn each week and have the confidence to ask for greater autonomy over the jobs I carry out. I am thoroughly looking forward to moving to the bigger office and reporting back on what it is like!