Work experience placement as an Accounts Junior at Burton Bandini

My name’s Sam, and I recently finished a temporary work experience placement as an Accounts Junior at Burton Bandini.

I have had my mind set on becoming an accountant for a while after I finish school since being the MD of a Young Enterprise company last year, and the knowledge that I’ve ascertained whilst working here is something that is difficult to find anywhere else. I am currently studying the International Baccalaureate at The Hazeley Academy, and am carefully planning my next steps ahead for when I enter the big wide world of work, next Summer.  I have considered university, but am keen to get stuck into working straight away, as I have heard that it is not an uncommon path for someone to follow as a way of becoming intuitively well-informed in the workings of accountancy.

During my time here, I’ve really enjoyed getting into the nitty-gritty of accounting and book-keeping, and I have obtained a good insight into the everyday financial workings of a company, and how all the processes connect. I’ve been able to see Sage softwarehow the acclaimed accountancy software, Sage, operates and have learnt a few tricks along the way about how to log crucial transactions on the program, as well as discovering the ‘Discard’ button to wipe out a load of imported data, but then feeling the relief of being able to know how to fix it!

meeting clientsAs well as learning about what goes on inside the office, I was lucky enough to be taken outside of it with Mrs. Burton to meet a client in their new offices to see how they were getting on, and experienced first-hand how to maintain sustainable business relationships, not without the assistance of a good cup of tea! We set up the Sage package on our client’s computer system, so that we will be able to effectively manage how transactions are processed both at the client’s offices and also back in our own. This makes life a lot easier for both our clients and us, as it means we can talk through the workings of the software over a quick phone call, if time is of the essence.

Overall, my week here has been a real eye-opener for me, with regards to day-to-day tasks that arise from working in this field. I have really enjoyed both the inter-personal and technological aspects of my time here, and I will look back  on my time here as an important week in my life as I hope to enter the growing business network that is constantly changing with the times. I can honestly say that accountancy isn’t boring (I never thought that in the first place anyway!) and I would like to thank Bev, Karen, Carol and Lisa for giving me the opportunity to see for myself what is involved in being an accountant, so thank you very much!