In our Team Words: Alfie Osborne
I’ve learnt and grown so much since I joined de Jong Philips as an apprentice.
This was my first office-based job and I didn’t really know anything about accountancy when I started. Since joining I’ve achieved my AAT Level 3 and get a day off a week to study and time off for my exams too. I’m now working towards my level 4. Being able to shadow my managers, get training on new tasks and have regular one-to-ones to review my progress means I’ve already been promoted to a semi-senior. And because we have such clearly defined job roles, I know exactly what I need to achieve to take the next step.
We’re constantly learning at de Jong Phillips.
We attend lots of training and will often run internal webinars on topics like self-assessment tax returns. We also do external courses which ensure that we are up-to-date with all the latest changes and developments around things like tax.
Industry networking is important for professional development.
Going to shows and events where we can meet other accountants helps us to build great industry relationships. But it’s also helpful to exchange tips and ideas with peers who may be facing similar challenges and issues.
de Jong Phillips is committed to personal development and has been great mentors.
The fact my managers have all been where I am now, not only means they’re able to train me in best practices, but they also understand that I’m going to have a lot of questions that they’re happy to answer. Being able to see where my managers are now, and what they’re doing is also a great incentive; it gives me a clear goal and path to what I can achieve.
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