National Apprentice Week - Coley Porter Bell

National Apprentice Week

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Written by: Alexander Bull, Finance Apprentice

It is National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate all of the wonderful apprentices we interviewed our very own Finance Apprentice Alex to find out what is it like working here at Coley Porter Bell.

Name: Alexander Bull

Role: Finance Apprentice

What does the role entail?

I’m really fortunate to work in a small finance team for a growing, dynamic and talented branding and design agency. This role really is an all-encompassing finance role; tasks include aiding the AP and AR branches of the business, contributing to month-end reporting, analysing profitability and more – I’m also afforded exposure to the creative side of the business, and whilst I’m not quite fluent in “Creative Lingo”, my knowledge of the creative/branding/advertising business in general has increased ten-fold since I joined in August of last year.

Favourite thing about working at CPB?

Working with my finance colleagues has been the best thing about working at CPB. They have done an outstanding job in getting me up to speed with the nature of the role – nearly entirely remotely I might add – my experience to date would not have been the one it has been without their support. This matches the wider agency culture – everyone is incredibly hard-working, supportive and collaborative.

Advice for anyone wanting to be an apprentice

Apprenticeships, in my opinion, are the most efficient way to progress your career (assuming you don’t want to be a Doctor or any role where a degree is required!). You earn (and avoid student debt) whilst studying towards a professional qualification – so if there’s a role out there that aligns with a career path that also interest you, go for it and put everything into it – you get out what you put in (not to sound too cliché).