Mark Edridge

London Office

“With clients ranging from not-for-profit to private wealth, entrepreneurs to landed estates; every day brings a new challenge.”

I joined Dixon Wilson in 2015 after reading Classics at university.  I chose the ACA because I wanted an in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of business. What appealed to me about Dixon Wilson were the values that underpin the firm and the services it provides. The long-standing relationships Dixon Wilson hold with its clients illustrate that our role is more than just about checking whether the numbers stack up, it is about consistently delivering a high calibre service and adding value to our clients.

 

One of the big benefits of training at a firm the size of Dixon Wilson is the variety of work on offer. With clients ranging from not-for-profit to private wealth, entrepreneurs to landed estates; every day brings a new challenge. The work is enjoyable and interesting, with the mixture of accounts, tax and audit combining well with the ACA studies. Technical knowledge learned at college can often be related back to real-life practical examples that occur in the office.

 

Everyone appreciates the exams are tough, but there is a strong network in place to ensure trainees are able to achieve the right balance between work and study.  There is also an emphasis on building relationships with the people you work with, both inside and outside the office. The social committee organises regular events including monthly drinks and sporting fixtures against co-professional firms which is a good opportunity for interaction with senior staff and other colleagues. This all goes to creating a warm and friendly office, in which I believe I am gaining valuable experience to begin my professional career.

Shivani Shah

London Office

“From my first interview it was apparent that Dixon Wilson was unique.”

I studied Economics at the University of Warwick before joining Dixon Wilson in 2014.  I chose to do the ACA as it is an extremely varied qualification meaning that my career will never be limited to a specific route. The module content is constantly updated, making the qualification all the more useful and relevant to the scenarios we might face in the office.

 

From my first interview it was apparent that Dixon Wilson was unique, placing emphasis on bringing the best out of individuals and ensuring that we can make the most out of our experience during the training contract. The importance of a work life balance is highly valued at Dixon Wilson which makes the working environment more enjoyable.  My work feels valued and seeing a project through to the end gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

 

Dixon Wilson provides a full induction as well as regular in-house courses, so that from the first day we get used to the Dixon Wilson culture and settle in with ease. One of the best things about working at Dixon Wilson is the variety of work we do – not only does it keep things interesting, it also helps with application of knowledge from our ACA tuition.

 

The people at Dixon Wilson are very friendly; as DW hire graduates every six months, there are always people at different stages of their contract that I can approach for help, which I find reassuring.  The social life at Dixon Wilson is always packed with fun activities organized by the social committee, ranging from dodgeball archery to stand-up comedy nights.

 

I am extremely grateful for the support received from Dixon Wilson during my training contract, and it always reaffirms why I chose to join this firm.

Maria Brook

Paris Office

“Trainees are given high levels of responsibility from the start and regularly interact with senior managers to offer ideas whilst being able to draw upon their knowledge and experience.”

I joined Dixon Wilson after graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Modern Languages, Business and Management.  I had already decided upon a career in accountancy to further my understanding of business, but knew I wanted to work abroad. Dixon Wilson offered the perfect solution with the opportunity to work in Paris, whilst studying for the ACA, an internationally recognised qualification.  Paris is an amazing city and I enjoy the rich culture it has to offer whilst being able to work in an English office.

 

Working in the Paris office offers the unique chance to work for both British and French clients therefore trainees can discover the different accounting standards from both countries. This provides a diverse day-to-day workload which could range from preparing accounts for a company to submitting a French tax return. Trainees are given high levels of responsibility from the start and regularly interact with senior managers to offer ideas whilst being able to draw upon their knowledge and experience. There are around 25 people in the office, a perfect size to know everyone and socialise together over lunch or to organise drinks after work.

 

Studying for the ACA is intense and challenging, therefore hours outside of work must also be dedicated to revision. The tuition courses are held at a college in the UK and plenty of support is offered by the tutors, whilst at college and revising at home.  I particularly enjoy the fact that I am furthering my education in England at the same time as working in France.