Case study

Biane Aliyar — Technical trainee

Menzies LLP

Biane studied for a degree in Economics at the University of Exeter. She now works for Menzies Chartered Accountants as a technical trainee

Why did you choose Menzies?

People are at the heart of what we do at Menzies. From the outset I wanted to join a company where I believed every individual was valued and their contribution mattered.

From the first telephone screening interview my experience confirmed that this is a core value of the company and this is further demonstrated through our brighter thinking strategy, whereby we go beyond the numbers to inspire clients and place emphasis on strong relationships.

Menzies highlights the importance of building strong relationships not only with our clients, but with our colleagues through sharing knowledge and expertise with each other.

What do you do day-to-day?

I am one of the main contacts for any technical accounting and audit methodology queries within the firm, meaning that each day presents a new challenge/technical query.

Not only do I provide technical accounting and auditing advice, I also keep up to date with any technical updates and ensure these get communicated to staff through lunch and learns or blogs.

This role provides me with the opportunity to interact with colleagues at all levels, from trainees through to partners.

Which skills are essential for your role?

You need to be:

  • reliable and punctual
  • ambitious and professional
  • analytical
  • organised
  • commercially and strategically minded
  • a self-starter who can work on their own initiative.

What are the best things about your job?

Having access to people who are both knowledgeable and supportive inspires and encourages me to be the best I can be.

As a result, I have a fulfilling job where I am faced with a challenging and diverse range of queries, which gives me the opportunity to assume responsibility and make decisions on a daily basis and continue to learn and develop my skillset.

How does the graduate programme work?

At Menzies, we provide new colleagues and graduates with a variety of tools and resources including formal learning programmes, development plans and routine one-to-one sessions with managers.

New hires are given the opportunity to own their careers in an environment where they feel supported and empowered.
In the early days I found it beneficial to meet with my manager regularly to discuss goals, expectations and progress. I used these checks as an opportunity to discover the objectives of my role and to improve my understanding of the culture of the company.

If you are interested in becoming ACA qualified on a graduate training programme, Menzies use a specialist firm of tutors to provide you with a comprehensive programme alongside work experience to help you achieve full qualification.

What’s next for you after the programme finishes?

I am still studying for my ACA exams and hope to qualify as a chartered accountant at the end of the year.

After qualification I am committed to developing my career and progressing further at the company. My aim is to continue to expand my technical knowledge and to seek positions with even greater responsibility.

What advice would you give someone applying for a role with your company?

Take it one step at a time. No one expects you to be perfect on day one - adopt a learning and growth mind-set.

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