Every year, M+A Partners runs a Trainee Programme welcoming graduates and school leavers to the firm across a variety of roles within our Tax, Accounts or Audit teams.
Our programmes are designed to make it possible for new recruits to develop their business skills whilst completing more formal training and studying towards a professional qualification.
Last year we welcomed two new trainees, Eddie Webster and Jon Sheldon. Eddie and Jon joined us as Trainee Tax Advisers, and after spending a few months with the firm and experiencing their first busy tax returns season, we wanted to share an insight into life as a trainee at M+A Partners.
“I started as a trainee with M+A Partners back in September 2020 and have enjoyed my time with the firm very much – already feeling like I have progressed significantly from where I started back in September, both professionally and as an individual.
I have a couple of notable experiences that really stand out so far. Firstly, contending with my first January whilst working in tax! This is a very eventful month for the tax team, with everyone pulling together to make sure the returns are filed to schedule. As we approached the final few days of the month, and an increasing number of returns had been completed, there was a great sense of achievement and accomplishment. I felt like I dealt with the challenge of tax return season well, especially given the short amount of time I had been with the firm. This wouldn’t have been possible without the training and assistance I had received in the weeks and months prior to this, and all the support from my fellow team members.
My second notable experience is on a more social level and that has to be the Christmas Quiz. Despite not being able to have the normal M+A Christmas party, the firm still wanted to ensure some form of get-together for everyone. The quiz was a really enjoyable evening, with lots of laughs and camaraderie – I will definitely look forward to more events like this in the future.
I am now focusing on completing my ATT qualification, with my first exam on the horizon in May. Attaining my ATT certification will give me a great sense of achievement, both in respect to my own professional development, but also in the sense that I will be able to give something back to the firm and to apply my increased knowledge to the jobs I work on.”
“Everyone within M+A Partners has been really welcoming and very quickly made me feel part of the team, something that is made more difficult given the current working environment we all find ourselves in.
Virtual meet and greets and training sessions have helped ease me into M+A life and the patience of my colleagues whilst outlining how things operate over Teams, rather than in person, has meant I have quickly learnt new skills and become accustomed to the firm’s processes and systems.
As a trainee, I am able to combine on the job learning with working towards my ATT qualification. My team has been proactive in giving me lots of support, helping me to quickly adapt to how things operate within the tax function and developing my knowledge of personal tax to give me a good footing for my first ATT exam.
As covid restrictions ease in the future, it will be great to get to know my colleagues more and gradually meet more members of the firm face to face. For now though, I am excited about the scope for progression the firm offers and taking on additional responsibilities as I continue to gain more practical tax experience.”