Nick’s Diary – April 2013

April has proved to be a month where my focus has almost entirely been on my future. Though the first weekend of the month played to the Southern Chartered Accountants Student Society (SCASS) Ball which was a great opportunity to get the bow-tie out and have a good night out with fellow colleagues. In keeping with last year, the event was held at St Mary’s Football Stadium and never fails to be a well talked about night during the year.

Following on from this weekend I dropped my hours down at work to half days so I could spend the afternoons catching up on my studies before my last CTA visit to Bradenham. This visit was for my final stage CTA revision course where I spent seven days trying to get as much knowledge and food in me as possible.

Two more mock exams at the end and it’s a clean sweep for the first time at Grant Thornton. All I need to do now is replicate those answers in the real thing in May.

The end of the beginning is near. As I write this blog at home, surrounded by revision notes, tax legislation and scattered past exam papers I am literally days away from my last exam session. Given that it’s been 10 years since I did my GCSEs, when I finally put that pen down next week it will mark the end of an era for my academic life.

But for me mentally, it’s also the start for the rest of my career. Once these exams are out the way I can start to focus more on building my knowledge and connections at work to progress my career and benefit our clients. This is an exciting time and I’m already thinking about the things I might like to do post-qualification. Watch this space.

As mentioned in my March blog, my workload was starting to become fairly light. Since being on study leave I’v had several requests to help out other offices in the South region. Looks like in May I’ll be getting used to the M3 as I head over to Reading, Oxford and London to work directly with some of their clients.

I’m counting down the days…

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