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We’ve always taken a keen interest in helping the next generation of aspiring accountants and financial advisers and encouraged the very best young minds to consider a career in this sector.

As well as holding special accredited training status for newly-qualified accountants taking their first steps into the profession, we are always eager to explore new methods of giving young people a taste of life at a vibrant, growing practice like Thomas Westcott.

Just recently we were delighted to partner with the “Professional Pathways to Accounting” programme, a joint University of Exeter and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) initiative to give university students some real-life experience.

Joe Robertson (pictured centre with Chris Hill and Julie Luxton), a young student about to start his second year of a Mathematics with Finance degree at the university, spent five days working in our busy Exeter office as part of the Professional Pathways programme.

In his own words: “Over the five days I was given a broad range of tasks, including data-input such as logging receipts, worked with the tax team to see how they process and categorise everything and  even had training to help me spot money-laundering activities.

“Best of all I got to meet lots of people who work at Thomas Westcott, from the trainee accountants through to the business managers and partners, so all in all it was a great experience and gave me some excellent insight into the day to day at a busy accountancy practice.”

He added: “Accountancy has a stereotypical image of being mostly men in grey suits looking at figures, but what I loved about my time at Thomas Westcott is you got to interact with the clients and really find out about their businesses, which is an aspect I really enjoyed.

“I’d already decided to pursue a career in financial services and this experience has definitely strengthened that decision.”


Click here to see how you can get involved in a career with Thomas Westcott.