Billy Toulson – from apprentice to semi-senior

Billy started his journey into accountancy with some work experience during his time at school, this helped him decide on what career path to take.  Out of the five different businesses Billy worked at, he most enjoyed his week working in the accounts department within a local business.  He didn’t want to commit to going to university so enrolled at Lincoln College.  During his time at College, Billy took his Level 2 and 3 AAT exams, this confirmed his choice of career and after approaching a couple of accountancy firms, he was offered a position at Nicholsons in June 2016 on the apprenticeship scheme run by Lincoln College under the watchful eye of Nigel Hullett. Billy continued with his studies and past his Level 4 AAT exam within the first year.

Billy is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification which has a total of ten exams, 3 completed at present, he hopes to become a fully qualified accountant within the next two/three years. Once he is qualified, he would like to work in the agriculture department dealing with farm accounts.

During his time at Nicholsons Billy has been working in the agriculture team under the guidance of Senior Accountant Graham Pogson.  He also works closely with Richard Grayson, Head of the Farming team. Being a key member of the agriculture team has given him the opportunity to work on the accounts of some of the firm’s larger clients as well as being the key contact for several of the firm’s smaller clients, especially those that do their VAT returns monthly/quarterly. The number of clients he deals with is steadily growing giving Billy the chance to develop his role.  He also crosses over into the audit team as some of his work involves carry out audits.

Throughout his training Billy has worked hard to achieve his goals and as he continues to study his work within the agriculture teams increases giving him more responsibility.

Billy is a member of the firm’s social committee and is active with ideas in helping to raise money for Charity and sort out events.

As of April 2019 Billy got a promotion to semi-senior, with this promotion Billy has started to work more independently. But he still has a manager’s guidance when required. He plans on making the most of the position he has been given and wants to prove that he deserves to have it with the work he produces.