Class of 2018 we’re here for you!

If you’re graduating this summer remember you can access all of our services, free of charge, for up to three more years. Here’s our quick guide to our services and how we can help now you’ve finished university. Read More

Student Insight: My Summer Accountancy Placement

Joseph Dunwell, second-year Business Management student, has joined us for a guest blog to talk about his experience on a 2-week summer placement with Jon Davies Accountants. 

As a university student wanting to take up Accountancy as a career, the opportunity of a two-week placement at Jon Davies Accountants sounded extremely beneficial in gaining the knowledge and understanding of accountancy which would complement and build on my previous work experience at RSM but also put me in good stead for my accountancy placement year at Sedulo Leeds. Working within a smaller firm enables focused first-hand experience across a variety of different accounting activities which is something that firms such as the big four cannot compete with.

My two weeks spent at Jon Davies Accountants consisted of the following:

·         Understanding and gaining Certified status in the use of Xero accountancy software

·         Creating a CSV and Filing Confirmation Statements

·         Importing Trial Balances into TaxCalc

·         Preparing of accounts and analytical review

·         Attending BNI networking meeting & Santander Bank Manager meeting

·         Gaining knowledge of Receipt Bank App, scanning receipts in and reconciling them in Xero

·         Writing several blogs which are relevant information for clients, advertised on the Jon Davies Website

·         Attending the teams monthly night out and winning the pub quiz!!

One highlight that stood out for me over the two week placement was the opportunity to attend BNI, a networking group that enables businesses to tap into the contacts of other individuals who attend the group thereby building a list of contacts for potential clients. Having known a little about BNI in the past, going to an actual meeting gave me a clearer understanding of what it takes to connect with others and make a business grow.

Jon Davies Accountants have helped me to further develop skills such as verbal communication, Microsoft Excel, Xero, teamwork and time management. Working for a team of 5 or 6 employees presents the opportunity to get to know people on a personal level which in turn creates a great office environment, as I have felt extremely welcomed and a part of the team for the short time that I have been here. Speaking to the various members of staff about their route into accountancy has accelerated my thinking as to the route I want to consider in the future.

My time at Jon Davies Accountants is one that I will not forget quickly, it has been a privilege and pleasure working for such a great team, and I wish them all the success in the future. Thank you to Liverpool Hope University and Jon Davies Accountants for the unforgettable opportunity.

If you are interested in applying for a professional placement, like Joseph, then click here to read more about Hope Placement Service and view the latest opportunities. 

Let the summer ‘work’ for you

I love this time of year (especially now I’m a term-time member of staff) as the long university summer holidays stretch out ahead of us. If you’re one of our students, or a finalist waiting for graduation, the holidays have already begun. How will you be spending your summer and can you be doing things now to improve your CV and make you stand out from the crowd when you reach graduation? Read More

Giving Your Time A Monetary Value

What are you worth? As a graduate you will need to know your market value as a prospective employee, or your day-rate in self-employment. This blog has direct relevance to designers and artists but makes significant points for anyone considering self-employment, where work time needs to be quantified and given a monetary value.

I am the Course Leader for the BA Graphic Design, which will launch in 2018. After fifteen years of self-employment my return to academic life required some mental adjustment, I work and I get paid. Not so for the self-employed who need to invoice clients and chase payment, but how much should they charge? At business start-up seminars the difficult questions revolve around rates of pay. The starting point for discovering the answer is a business plan. You may investigate business plans in professional practice elements of your course. Here are the key points. From sole traders to large corporations a projection of income and expenses is a significant part of business planning. Read More

BA Education Careers Insight Event

Following on from our recent blog post 8 Careers Beyond the Classroom here’s another fantastic career insight blog for Education students. In this blog Kerry Chaplin, Level I Education Student Advocate, details what she learnt at the recent Level I Careers Education event.

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