Accountancy firm praised for ‘meaningful’ work placement programme

College studentsAccountancy firm praised for ‘meaningful’ work placement programme

Three former Crowe Clark Whitehill work experience students have praised the accountancy firm for providing them with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the world of work.

Grainne Christian, Calum Collister and Sam Gelling, all aged 21, undertook five-week placements with the firm.

Calum Collister’s placement saw him working on charity audits and accounting preparation, also on an independent review for Manx charity Beach Buddies. He is now a second-year business management student at University College Isle of Man (UCM).

Work experience for Sam Gelling involved meeting with audit clients and undertaking charity accounting work.  He has recently completed his second year at the University of Chester, studying for an accounting and finance degree.

Grainne Christian’s time as a work experience student saw her involved in a variety of accounting duties, including working on an audit for the registered charity Friends of Manx National Heritage.

After completing her final year at UCM and gaining a degree in accounting and finance, she is now working full-time for Crowe Clark Whitehill as a trainee accountant.

Reflecting on his time spent at Crowe Clark Whitehill Calum Collister said: ‘It was a really valuable experience and equipped me with skills that I’ve been able to apply to my university studies. I was given meaningful work to do and felt that I was part of a team. The support and guidance I received helped enormously and it’s given me the confidence to take on new challenges, so I’m very grateful to everyone at Crowe Clark Whitehill for what I found to be a valuable career opportunity.’

Sam Gelling added: ‘I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a lot more to work experience than filing. Meeting clients really helped me to development my self confidence and communication skills. The work I was involved in made me feel I was making a positive contribution to the business and, like Calum, I found everyone very willing to help. I’ve gained a good insight into accountancy which has proved very useful in my university course. Overall, it was a great experience.’

Grainne Christian said: ‘Everyone at Crowe Clark Whitehill was really welcoming and helpful, so I immediately felt I was part of the team. The work over the five weeks was varied and interesting and proved to be extremely useful, not only in my degree course but also now I’m a trainee accountant.’

Established in the Isle of Man for more than 35 years Crowe Clark Whitehill is recognised as a local firm with global reach. Based in Victory House, Douglas, the 30-strong workforce is led by directors John Cowan, Phaedra Bird and Debbie Clague, each of whom are committed to supporting their team members in their pursuit of career development and providing students with ‘real-life’ relevant work experience opportunities.

The firm is a member of the Crowe Clark Whitehill UK network and associated worldwide through Crowe Global, a top 10 global accounting network of more than 20,000 staff around the world.

Phaedra Bird said: ‘At Crowe Clark Whitehill we believe it is important to do all we can to support the next generation of accountancy professionals. This is why we provide undergraduates with work experience programmes that are relevant to their studies and which introduce them to working as a team so they can deliver positive outcomes for clients. As with Grainne, Calum and Sam demonstrated great enthusiasm and ability and we shall watch their careers progress with interest. Meanwhile, Grainne is now very much part of our team and already showing a natural aptitude for accountancy.’

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