First job after graduation, progressing through accountancy exams

Danielle Connan started working at BDO as an audit associate following graduation in October 2016. Here, she explains how she is progressing through her accountancy exams and a typical day at BDO.


Danielle Connan

Jumping from degree to professional exams

Prior to completing the BSc (Hons) International Financial Services degree at JIBS University Centre I had secured a job at BDO as an audit associate. Following graduation I jumped straight into the working world and more exams – as if the 24 we had sat in 2 years wasn’t enough! Since graduation I have commenced the ACA qualification with ICAEW. The last 9 months I have been busy completing the certificate level of ACA, which involves six Objective Test exams, and beginning the professional level, which involves six written papers from 2.5 hours to 3 hours long, while also trying to settle into work and the working life.

What I’m doing now as an Audit Associate at a Big Six firm

At work no day is like another due to the numerous clients and practices. An average day of work consists of friendly greetings, getting set up for the day logging in to the laptop and having a quick catch-up with those I sit with. Then head down and pick up from where I left off the day before or having a quick meeting about the new client. Work then involves a range of jobs including, minute reviews, expenses testing, client meetings, revenue testing and share capital. The team at BDO are really supportive and friendly helping with both with work-related issues and exam-related issues. The flexibility is second to none with exams, while being able to work for a reputable company (one of the Big Six) – in comparison to the other Big Four firms who we train with.

The JIBS degree set me up for career success

Only when you leave education do you realise that what people say about school being the best time of your life is true and you should not wish that away!

Looking back on my time at JIBS now, I realise how much I actually learnt during the two years of my degree, and how it teaches you to cope with exam stress – which is never far away – and how many good friends and memories were made over those two years.