Training Profile - Helen Morris
I joined Brebners just over two years ago having decided to try a career in accountancy when I finished university. I was attracted to Brebners because I felt that a medium sized firm would offer me more variety of work as well as opportunities to develop personally. Our graduate trainees come from diverse degree subjects, with some joining straight from university while others are starting a second career.
Brebners has clients in a wide array of industries – from galleries, theatre, and charities to consultancy, private equity, and shipping. I mostly work on audits and on preparing accounts for small- and medium-sized businesses, but there are opportunities to undertake secondments in tax, corporate finance, or Financial Conduct Authority work.
Brebners gives trainees responsibility early; while this may seem challenging initially there’s plenty of support provided. Working directly with clients during on-site audit work and leading teams has really helped me to develop transferable skills. For many jobs I’ve been involved at every stage, giving me a stronger understanding of both the statutory process and the client’s business. This opportunity to see the “big picture” has been invaluable to me and is one of my favourite things about training here.
Brebners has an informal office culture and staff at all levels work together closely. The trainees support each other and everyone is ready to provide help and guidance when you need it, right up to partner level. The relaxed atmosphere helped me to settle in quickly.
Most of the managers and partners at Brebners joined as trainees – there are great opportunities for career progression within the firm. Trainees are valued as individuals, and during my biannual reviews with the training partner my career progression and future goals are always discussed, with additional support available if required.
The firm encourages a good work/life balance and it’s rare to find trainees with noses to the grindstone after working hours. Instead we’re more likely to be found at the annual karaoke social, office quiz, or Christmas party, or maybe celebrating the most recent set of exam passes with some well-earned drinks. We’ve also had office-planned trips to sporting events and to several theatrical productions – one of the many perks of working in London’s West End! The camaraderie among trainees is one of the firm’s greatest strengths and makes Brebners a brilliant place to work.