What’s it like to work for Martin Aitken?

Don’t just take our word for it that Martin Aitken is a great place for you to develop your career, achieve your professional qualifications and to get on in life.arrow people

Have a look at some of the candid and insightful views of those who have already taken the path you are considering.

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Gavin Curr, From Trainee Accountant to an Associate director

Gavin joined Martin Aitken & Co straight from university in 2011 as a trainee accountant. He achieved his ACCA qualification in April 2016 and he is now an Associate director within the Audit and Accounts department.

Gavin advises and manages a wide range of clients, from start-ups to established SME companies and charitable organisations. He assists clients in accounting, planning and complying with their statutory and regulatory duties as well as managing a range of commercial and charitable audit engagements.Trees growth

Gavin is also heavily involved in MACO’s corporate finance and business advisory department working with a range of new and established SME’s to recognise their growth potential through provision of management reporting, valuations and projections.

In this testimonial Gavin gives insight into his Martin Aitken trainee days and how this helped to shape his career. 

What were the highlights during your training contract? 

I had an excellent training environment and had significant support from the management team and other members of the team to help me achieve the relevant commercial knowledge and experience to develop my accountancy career.

I found that having that level of support behind me was key to my ongoing development within the firm and also of my own skills and abilities.

What advice would you give to any new trainee accountants? 

Ensure that you have obtained work experience beforehand, even if it is only a few weeks between University terms. This initial experience gives you a good grounding (and expectation) of what to expect in the early days of your traineeship and prevents any surprises of ‘entering the real world’.

In terms of your career progression, what are you aiming to get involved in over the next 12-18 months? 

This has already happened as alongside my role in the audit and accounts department, I am now a member of a growing corporate finance department and I am being exposed to different types of work and business sectors which I previously had no experience of. 

Trainee Testimonials

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What have been the highlights so far at MACO? 

To put it simply: the people I’ve met; the skills I’ve gained and the experiences I’ve had. Coming from school into work was a steep learning curve but I’m glad to have had the support of MACo to help me through it. I’m now in a position where I can solely handle my workload and my on-the-job training has been significantly reduced.

What type of work do you get involved in?

I have a widespread workload working, for clients of several different industries and size. I have been involved in: accounts preparation, audit, VAT returns and preparing tax computations.

What has surprised you the most about working for Martin Aitken?

The little relevance that my higher qualification, and my friends university degrees, actually has when working in the world of accountancy. When asked to do a bank reconciliation on my first week I was surprised that I was being asked to do something so simple. How wrong I was. Now that my friends have left university and joined the ‘world of work’ they agree that the theory you learn from a book can’t prepare you for what you’ll face at any desk.

Why did you apply for a Training Contract with Martin Aitken?

I applied at Martin Aitken & Co because I knew that working with a firm of accountants would be the best place to learn the practice of accountancy. With a firm having care, success and enjoyment as its core values, they really appealed to me as a high school leaver.