Day in the life of Accounts apprentice Jessica

Jessica is currently completing her AAT Accounting Technician Apprenticeship here at Catsurveys. We asked her a few questions about her day-to-day working life in our Head Office in Great Warley.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me is generally quite busy, there is never a moment where I have nothing to do. Especially in the last week of each month when I’m with the Finance department.

What tasks do you complete on a day-to-day basis?

When I’m working with Commercial I’m usually updating Excel spreadsheets, logging new job enquiries, drawing up the areas, writing up the Word and Excel sheets and more recently I have started quoting jobs.

When I’m working with Finance I regularly upload invoices onto Sage, update Excel spreadsheets, complete fuel cards and upload figures to the different bank accounts on Sage. The majority of my time in Finance is spent using Sage.

What’s your favourite part about working with Catsurveys?

My favourite part about working at Catsurveys is the environment of the business. It’s so caring and everyone within the company is so nice.

What is your proudest achievement so far?

My main achievements have been when I'm working with Commercial; taking on new enquiry and completing them without the help of Joel, our Business Development Officer. I had to incorporate all the different sections of Commercial that I have been learning over the past few months and finish with a quotation to send back to the client. I’m generally not very confident when it comes to speaking to clients over the phone, so when I managed to do this I was pleased with myself.

Is working in Accounts what you thought it would be?

Yes and No. Yes because before deciding whether or not accounting was for me, I made sure to speak to different people about accounting to find out if it was 100% what I wanted to do. From speaking to people I got a really good insight of what you actually do in accounting so the basic principles were what I expected.

However, learning accountancy from a text book and then actually implementing your knowledge and understanding of it into real life scenarios is very different for me, but I enjoy the challenge.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve been given?

The best advice I have been given is ‘make sure to stay organised’. Not only does this apply to everyday life, but it also plays a big part in accounting, especially with numbers. I have noticed that staying organised with my work has made it easier and more enjoyable when learning my course.

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