How did you find out about the opportunities at Colenbrander?
Colenbrander Incorporated is a well-known and respected auditing firm in the Midlands and by word of mouth my father learnt of the opportunities at Colenbrander Inc. and introduced me to Steve Colenbrander. I had an interview with Steve and was informed of the opportunities for an aspiring Chartered Accountant.
How have you found your time here?
I have certainly learnt a lot, including aspects far beyond accounting and auditing. The experience gained in such a hands-on firm, where one is exposed to so many aspects of business, is invaluable. The pleasant work environment is certainly one of the factors that creates an environment conducive to productivity. Looking back over my last 3 years of articles, I definitely would make the same choice regarding choosing Colenbrander Inc. as the firm to do my articles at. I have grown in so many aspects both professionally and socially.
How have you found working and studying at the same time?
I have only been studying for the APC (Board exam 2) while working at Colenbrander Inc. The study time afforded is sufficient to allow preparation for such an important exam. It is very challenging and a lot of discipline is required to ensure success. I admire the article clerks studying their degree and especially honours while working full time.
What stage are you at in your studies?
I am in the process of studying for the APC (Board exam 2). Honours, degree and the ITC (Board 1 exam) are completed.
What are your ultimate career goals?
To be my own boss and retire early would be great. But then again, I see our Directors who work so hard and it’s fulfilling to them, they enjoy their work.
How is your time at Colenbrander helping you achieve these goals?
I am being equipped with the tools and the practical experience that is required to prosper in the world. With the business expertise, the discipline, the professional skills and the relationships created and developed, I get to have a mock run at the business world while under the guidance, and with the assistance, of all manner of experts and with whole departments to answer questions I might have. The contacts created are invaluable and are likely to stand me in good stead. The hunger for success and life is being fuelled and moulded within.
Would you recommend the programme to others?
I definitely would recommend the firm to others as the pleasant work environment and the wealth of knowledge and experience that is gained is invaluable.