Our Programmes

We offer graduate programmes in a broad range of areas – you’ll choose your specialisation and, if you excel, you‘ll also have the opportunity to explore the different areas of our business. One of the great things about life here is that you can be exposed to many different clients and a wide range of industries. You can also look forward to early responsibility. We’re big believers that the best way to learn is to throw yourself into new challenges, so you’ll be taking on real work from the outset. That’s not to say this is a sink-or-swim kind of place – we offer fantastic training, strong support (including from our most senior people), mentoring and the kind of collaborative culture that means there will always be someone on hand to offer help and advice.

Rhys Westall

Private Client Tax Services

I joined Smith & Williamson because it’s different from other accounting firms. For starters, it has a large investment management wing, which means we have a different client base and more potential opportunities for career development. I also liked the size. We’re not a big 4 where you’re likely to be just one of a huge number of other graduates. At the same time though, we’re not a small local accountancy firm where career opportunities may be more limited.

For me, the best thing about working here is the responsibility. On my first day in the office I knew very little about tax, yet I was given an allocation of 150 clients to look after on a day-to-day basis. It seemed daunting at first, but the amount you learn from having this sort of responsibility is amazing.

There’s also a really good atmosphere. Everyone is incredibly friendly and approachable, including partners. You can ask anyone for help with something and they will stop what they’re doing and offer you assistance.

Degree: Business Economics

But more: I row twice a day, six days a week

Natasha Bennett

Assurance & Business

The grad scheme is really varied, with your time split between college, training and client work. As Smith & Williamson deals with smaller companies, you get the chance to work on a wide range of clients in different business sectors. It also means you take on roles of responsibility fairly quickly. I recently completed the audit of a small AIM listed group and was able to see it through from the planning stage to the closing meeting, which I don’t think I would have been able to do at a larger firm.

Another thing I like is that the work/life balance is really good. You rarely work crazy hours. The office is relaxed and there are regular socials throughout the year, as well as sports teams to get involved in.

If you want to stand out during the application process, make sure you’ve got good work experience and activities on your CV. It’s not all about your degree mark.

Degree: Chemistry MSci

But more: I'm a qualified scuba diver

Ashlea Howell

Business Tax

I wanted to join a large professional services firm because they tend to have the best training programmes and the most interesting work. Of those firms in the UK, Smith & Williamson is the most prestigious while still retaining the feel of a smaller firm because the work is centred around the client rather than around a task or project. The firm has much better hours and far less pressure than many other firms of the same calibre, but the same quality of work and clients.

In contrast to other firms, the Smith & Williamson graduate scheme moves through the training qualifications much more quickly, which has allowed me to do more advanced work earlier on. There is also a strong connection between the different departments, at all levels between trainee and partner, so although I work in Business Tax I have worked alongside accountants, insolvency practitioners and personal tax managers. The people here are approachable, willing to take the time to teach you - and have a great sense of humour!

Degree: Business Economics & Business Strategy

But more: I've been practicing ballet since I was five

Assurance & Business Services

This department provides wide-reaching financial advisory services to clients across a number of industries.

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Business Tax Services

Our business tax services are not only one of the UK’s most comprehensive, but also serve a highly diverse client base.

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Investment Management

We work with private individuals, charities and institutions to help achieve their financial aspirations.

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Private Client Tax Services

Our award-winning private client tax services are the cornerstone of our reputation.

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