Young accountants qualify
A group of student accountants based at the Ipswich offices of leading East Anglian accountants and business advisers PKF have all passed their professional examinations with flying colours.
Lucinda Payne, Matt King, Laura Skinner, Sam Chamberlain, Sandra Garvey, Naomi Hirst and Wayne Davies all qualified as Chartered Accountants.
Sam, Matt, Sandra and Lucinda first qualified as members of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT.
A further two, Jenny Drake and Tim Hill, have qualified as Certified Accountants.
Graham Randall, one of the partners responsible for hiring recruits for the firm for the past 20 years, said: "This is an excellent result for the company and especially for the students themselves.
"They have to work hard in the office, and then have to study hard in their spare time. It's not easy qualifying as an accountant, so we're immensely proud of them."
PKF Ipswich takes around eight graduates a year, and a further four to five AATs. The firm is keen to hear from potential new staff to start in the autumn.
Mr Randall said the qualities PKF looks for in candidates are a good personality, the ability to communicate and confidence because they may find themselves talking to the MD of a company during their working day.
He says CVs are very important, too: "Apart from good exam results, I look for anything on a CV that shows they have held a position of responsibility and what they have done in their gap year - if they had one."
For information on a career in accountancy call PKF on 01473 320700, or log on to PKF's website www.pkf.co.uk/pkf/careers/home