"Working in tax, no two days are the same. In my first week I was working on a corporate restructuring paper, then the next I was on research and development clients."
What was your background before Claritas?
In 2017, I completed a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University, achieving a 2:1. My dissertation was in partnership with Team Sky where I looked in to the low-speed aerodynamic characteristics of their bicycle frames and whether these could be improved through computational fluid dynamic testing.
Whilst studying for my Masters degree, I undertook modules in business, management and risk analysis. I came to realise that my interest in these modules far exceeded my passion for engineering itself. This was because they encompassed a comparatively more practical element and consisted of a maths-business hybrid. It is for this reason why I looked to pursue a career in tax opposed to engineering.
I chose Claritas for several factors. Firstly, the size of the team. As Claritas is a comparatively smaller firm, I felt that I would be able to develop more effectively through working with the tight knit workforce. I also was drawn in to the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients, from large companies such as Bladon Jets to personal tax clients. Having been shortlisted for “best independent tax consultancy firm” in the annual Tolley Taxation awards in 2017 (and 2018 since joining), it was clear that this firm presented an exceptional opportunity with their graduate scheme.
Tax is both dynamic and fast paced, and requires an analytical mind to tackle it. Requiring an ability to solve problems efficiently yet effectively means that every project has it's unique issues and requirements. Working in tax, no two days are the same. In my first week I was working on a corporate restructuring paper, then the next I was on research and development clients. The ever-changing work means that you never feel like you are just report writing or number crunching, instead every day brings its own challenges which are always interesting to overcome.