What It's Like To Be A DBASS Trainee by John Tynan

John is a Media and Law graduate from DCU. In January 2019 he joined the DBASS team to begin his journey training to become a Chartered Accountant.

I had no idea about the amount of technology used in accountancy until I joined DBASS

Having no prior accountancy background I thought I would struggle to understand the accountancy process and all that went into producing a set of financial statements. However I have found that with the ongoing support of the DBASS team I am grasping the concepts much faster than I had anticipated.

On my first day I was given a concise and easy to digest training manual that guided me through the ‘DBASS Way’ of accounting. This was my first introduction to the array of programs and methods used by DBASS every day. The time invested in helping me to understand these applications has been invaluable and I now have advanced proficiency in each and am confident in my daily use of them.

I had no idea about the amount of technology used in accountancy until I joined DBASS. In my head all accountants used old school ledgers to keep records. DBASS uses the latest and most innovative software to produce accounts and ensures that at all times they are utilizing the most advanced packages available.

DBASS focus on the needs of their staff and want every individual to succeed, which was evident to me as soon as I started.   I was welcomed in and was eased into the practice starting initially with more basic tasks, moving to more complex tasks as my knowledge of the firm practices and procedures increased. Everything is about personal progression and potential with DBASS, once they see your capacity increasing they will offer you access to more detailed projects.

I’ve been involved with all aspects of accounting since I started, from accounts preparation to audit to finance and taxation. This exposure has been hugely beneficial to me since my enrolment in Chartered Accountants Ireland. For someone who had no prior accounting experience, the combination of working in an accountancy practice and studying the concepts through my course work has been invaluable.   The opportunity to relate what I had learned in work to my course has allowed me to grasp concepts more quickly as I have the benefit of first hand experience in a working practice.

Working with DBASS has given me further opportunities to become involved in workplace projects including projects focused on reducing paper usage in the practice and maximising the potential of software already used by the practice. The confidence shown in me to deliver the action points was encouraging for me, as I saw the openness for change and that my opinions with regard to corporate environmental responsibility were valued

My first year at DBASS has been very rewarding, I have progressed from being a candidate with no accountancy skillset to one who is well on their way to becoming a Chartered Accountant.   I could never have imagined that I would learn so much in one year and I am really looking forward to the next two years of my training and becoming a certified Chartered Accountant.

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Having no prior accountancy background I thought I would struggle to understand the accountancy process and all that went into producing a set of financial statements. However I have found that with the ongoing support of the DBASS team I am grasping the concepts much faster than I had anticipated.