Hello! My name is Maria and I began my training contract with the HAT member firm Wilder Coe LLP. I didn’t come from an accountancy background – I graduated from Northumbria University in 2011 with a Spanish & Business degree, and then worked for Procter & Gamble for 4 years. I must admit that I was nervous about applying for training contracts, as I thought I was too “old” to be classed as a “graduate”. However, six months into my training contract I can honestly say it is the best career move I could have made.

I decided to apply with HAT Group as, after working for four years in a huge global organization, I wanted to experience working for smaller sized firm whilst being given a well-structured and balanced study schedule. Since beginning my contract in August last year this is exactly what I have experienced. It’s been great getting to know students from other HAT member firms and to spend time together as a group during study and training courses (and sometimes when the course is over in the pub!).

Since beginning at Wilder Coe, in a short space of time, I have already been given the opportunity to work with various clients in a number of industries. I have worked on all areas of an audit and have also completed some accounts preparation jobs. I definitely believe that the level of experience I have gained and the responsibility I have been given so soon into my training contract could only be possible in a smaller sized firm.

So far I have studied for and passed 3 exams, with plenty more to come this year. The work isn’t easy but it is definitely rewarding! It is great to be able to apply my knowledge from exam studies to my everyday role.