During my time as a trainee, the work-life balance could be hard to maintain at times – but it was most definitely worth it! The hardest part was juggling work and exams. Once the exams were done, it was a completely different experience. I was supported throughout the process by managers and mentors, and they helped me to navigate situations that I hadn’t yet experienced. For example, I was really bad at saying ‘no’ initially, which meant that I was working longer days, and I was helped to set boundaries. If there was a advice I could give – “People would rather you say no and give a reason, than say yes and not do it!”.
Immediately after receiving my final ACA exam results, I began my six-month internal secondment in the Technical and Compliance team, taking on corporate reporting queries, auditing queries, report reviews, preparation of guidance materials – the list goes on!