Lucie Williams, a full-time Accounts Assistant with DOORCO, tells her story about juggling work and training as she heads towards being a professional accountant:
Name, Age, Position
Lucie Williams, 19, Accounts Assistant
Why an apprenticeship?
I chose to start my accounting career as an apprentice at DOORCO as I wanted to gain practical experience in addition to the theoretical knowledge gained through college. Having real life scenarios also helps to understand the theory behind what you are learning, which you can’t always grasp from a computer based exam!
I chose to do my apprenticeship in the manufacturing industry as I felt it would be more of a varied position than an accountancy practice, and I wanted to gain skills in business as well as accountancy.
I knew I would fit in straight away at DOORCO as everyone was so welcoming and down to earth. I admired the passion the team had for the company to grow and the drive for people to achieve their goals by offering excellent opportunities.
What is your role at DOORCO?
I have quite a varied job role which I love because it keeps me on my toes! My main tasks include purchase invoicing, purchase ledger queries and sales invoicing.
What skills have you learnt so far?
I have learnt a lot since starting at DOORCO in September 2017, both personally and accountancy wise. This includes skills such as communication, working as a team and interpersonal skills.
How do you find the juggle between learning and work?
On my AAT level 3 Apprenticeship I had 1 day off per week which really helped with fitting studying in around a normal 9-5 working day. I was slightly nervous about going on to an apprenticeship after completing AAT level 2 as a full time college student. I was unsure how I would cope with sticking down a full time job as well as studying to pass my exams, but I actually found the apprentice root a lot more beneficial to my college studies. It enabled me to gain knowledge from other colleagues and see real life scenarios to help give a better understanding of certain topics.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship/ training position?
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship/training position as it gives you better opportunities to gain more practical experience, which not only helps with learning but is what most employees look for.
What are you next steps, aspirations for the future?
Currently my next steps are to complete AAT level 4 and I would like to go onto study ACCA afterwards and become fully qualified.