Graduate Cissy Dooley - my first month at Moore Stephens

My first month at Moore Stephens has flown by. The first day wasn’t nearly as nerve-wracking as I expected due to the recruitment team’s regular updates and the welcome drinks reception hosted by the team in July. The event gave me the opportunity to network with my future line managers and other graduates joining the intake.

The first week involved talks from different departments and a basic bookkeeping course, which was my first encounter with accountancy. A welcome dinner was organised at the end of the first week, and the office canteen was transformed into a fine dining restaurant. It was great to meet partners from across the firm, as well as enjoying an excellent meal. During the week, a lunch was arranged for us to meet our buddies from the year above. The support offered by the buddy scheme has really helped me settle into the department and it’s been great to have a colleague to talk to about upcoming exams and work in general.

In our second week we headed off to college to begin classes for our first two subjects – assurance and accountancy. I studied German and Arabic at university so this was very different, but I found it interesting. The regular question practice means it’s a completely different way of learning, but I’ve found it suits me really well.

After two weeks in college I headed back into the office for training with the other graduates, one of which was an apprenticeship training day. We took part in a webinar which explained the requirements of fulfilling the Level 7 apprenticeship as well as discussing the skills which would need to develop during our time as apprentices.  

Next, it was time to head to our departments. Having attended a departmental social the week before I was fortunate to know some of the team already – which made the first day on the desk much less daunting. It was interesting to see the topics we studied in college put into practice. A highlight for me was checking an Arabic financial statement and seeing how all the new terms I had just learnt were translated across – some of the meanings are much more obvious in Arabic than in English! The final Friday in September was a dress-down day in support of Mind, the firm’s charity of the year, and as it was payday a few of us headed down to the pub for a few drinks.

Looking back, I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt, how many people I’ve met and how comfortable I feel about working at Moore Stephens already. I am really excited about all the opportunities which lie ahead of me!

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