Alec James, Audit Associate, Charity and Not for Profit team

I joined Buzzacott’s Charity and Not for Profit team wanting to bring together my interest in charity work with learning business skills.

I wanted to gain more practical skills, so it was a lightbulb moment when I learnt that there were accountants specialising in charity accounts. I have a Geography degree from the University of Exeter so not coming from a financial background, I was concerned about being a fish out of water, but since being at Buzzacott I’ve felt part of a community of trainees who are all in the same boat. There is a great working atmosphere here with lots of social events to get involved with as well.

A standout experience is definitely attending the One Young World conference for young leaders recently. We heard speakers like Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof and JK Rowling talking about the role of business in tackling big issues like global warming.

Just a year into my role, I’m running my own audits and building relationships with clients. Looking back at when I started at Buzzacott I did not think I’d be doing this so early on!

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