Degree and university: BSc Economics (2.1) with a year in Germany, Universities of Bristol and Hannover
Chartered body: ICAS
Job title: Audit associate at Ernst & Young
When did you decide to pursue a career in accounting and why?
In my penultimate year I was looking to do an internship and was keen to do this with one of the Big Four. I had a good time on my internship.
What did the application process for your current job involve?
Because I had done an internship, I just had an internship assessment day. This involved a group assessment where we had to discuss a business scenario, followed by an interview. Throughout the internship we were monitored.
What do you do on a typical day?
Because I am working in audit, I am always working with a team of people. Everyone helps each other. I have been given a section that I take ownership for.
How do you balance your workload with your studies?
Study lasts three years. When we started we had nine weeks away at college. Then after we’d done the exams we came to the office. I won’t be going back to study for another stint until June. Within the first year I will have completed two–thirds of the exams, but to qualify I need to rack up client hours.
What is the most rewarding part about the job?
Probably being given so much responsibility from such an early stage and feeling really part of the audit process. And working to deadlines is exciting.
What is the worst part?
So far I haven’t found anything off–putting. I’ve heard January to March can be stressful, because businesses are signing off accounts.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in accountancy?
Find out as much as possible from careers advisers or anyone else who might have taken that path. Also, try to get an internship.