Now in her final year of study, Brogan joined our team as a tax apprentice in October 2015 while working towards her Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians apprenticeship.

 

We caught up with Brogan to find out more about her studies and experience at Chuhan & Singh.

 

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I wanted to continue in education in some way, but I knew I didn’t want to study full time. At the end of the apprenticeship I will have a Professional Diploma in Accounting, all of which I will have learned on the job.

 

What is involved in your apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship consists of several exams across levels 2, 3 and 4, and I have a day release from the office every Monday to attend classes at college. When I’m in the office, I work in the tax department preparing self-assessment tax returns.

 

How does Chuhan & Singh support your apprenticeship?

The team at Chuhan & Singh support me in a number of ways, including giving me time off to go to college every Monday, a core part of gaining my qualification.

 

While studying for my Level 4 qualification, I had business tax and personal tax exams which I found a lot easier since I had experience working in the tax department.

 

What do you hope to get out of your apprenticeship?

I hope to continue to grow my knowledge and understanding of accountancy, especially in the units I don’t come across very often at work. There’s always something new to learn which is why I love it so much.

 

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced through your apprenticeship so far?

Preparing for my Level 4 exams which are based on subjects I don’t regularly do at work. I found I had to revise more for exams such as limited company accounts, as I don’t often do anything like this at work.

 

What are your careers goals?

At the moment I’m focusing on finishing my AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), which I should complete this year, then being able to flourish as a fully qualified accountant, managing my own clients and workload.

 

How will your apprenticeship help you reach these goals?

Sitting my AAT exams has made me feel more confident in my ability but also helped with my basic understanding of the various departments as an accountant.

 

What would you say to anyone considering an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are really beneficial to anyone who’s unsure about going to university, but still wants to further their education. It allows you to gain experience by transferring your knowledge from the classroom to real-life scenarios, and vice versa.

 

For more information on apprenticeships at Chuhan & Singh, email info@chuhanandsingh.co.uk.