Working with more senior staff provides exposure to expertise and experience in the profession
I studied languages at the University of Cambridge before joining Dixon Wilson as a graduate trainee. One of the key reasons why Dixon Wilson stood out to me was that it offers a highly varied workload due to the range of services the firm provides for its diverse clients. This includes preparing accounts and tax returns, performing audits and helping provide tailored advisory services for both corporate and private clients. Such broad experience provides frequent opportunities to put into practice many of the areas covered in the ACA, and means you aren’t specialising in any one area before first gaining a practical and informed understanding of what the profession can offer.
At Dixon Wilson, you work directly for a number of colleagues at different points in their careers, from fellow trainees to managers and partners. Working with more senior staff provides exposure to expertise and experience in the profession, as well as valuable insight into potential career progression and direction at the firm. The open and friendly work environment makes it easier to pick up new skills and learn quickly and also encourages a rewarding balance between work, study, and free time.
Studying for the ACA can be demanding, but the firm offers a structured study programme that supports your learning right up to revision and exams. Working closely with trainees from other intakes at the firm also means you can easily ask for advice from your peers about different stages of the qualification and its demands.
The firm’s social committee is always looking for new and exciting things to try, from crazy golf and axe throwing to pop up painting and go karting. In my first month at the firm I joined colleagues to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge while supporting a good cause, which was a great way to get to know people early on. The committee frequently arranges different activities so there’s definitely something for everyone.