Symes Accountants hosted local high school student, Alison for a week of work experience in July 2019. Below is her personal overview of her experience with our team.

From the 15th to 19th of July, I completed work experience at Symes Accountants for my Cert III in Business, to help get a better understanding of what it is like owning a business and how it operates behind the scenes. I believe this experience was valuable and an eye-opener for me, as I was able learn from this experience.

During my week, I mainly spent my time in the administration office with Kristy Koen and Kateena Jenkin (Business Support Team). Here I was able to ease into the accounting field as I didn't understand much about accounting. I was also able to learn how they run the business, what they did within the administration office, and the procedures they must follow in their work. Especially during the first and second day, I realised that administration is important in helping the business run successfully. They support the accountants by arranging meetings with their clients, without interrupting other meetings they may have. They help to try and make everyone else's job a lot easier, so they don't have to waste their time. Everyone is nice to each other and were happy to help each other out with any problems they may have. This allowed the Symes team to work efficiently and do things correctly to a high standard.

On the 18th of July, I began the day at Symes with two meetings with both the teams of accountants and admin. These meetings help Symes know what they are doing for the day and what they had left to do. This allowed them to set goals which helps them to feel motivated to complete their tasks. One of these meetings was a mini training, which required all the accountants to complete a module where there were questions that had to be answered. This was interesting and extended my knowledge and understanding about the accounting field. In the afternoon, I had a talk with Peter Caddy (one of the Partners) about Symes' goals and what they wish to achieve in the future, as well as the importance of everyone's role and how they contribute to the success of the business. On the last day of my placement, I had a quick meeting with Hans van Heuven and talked about my career path and how I wanted to run my own business. This was extremely helpful for me and taught me that when running a business - it is important to have the plan or goal in mind as well as have good support for the business to run efficiently and successfully.

Overall, my experience at Symes Accountants was enjoyable and informative. This experience has helped me understand how a business operates, the roles and the work life of Symes.