Degree and university: Mathematics with German (2.1), University of Durham, with exchange year at Technischen Universität Berlin
Chartered body: CIMA
Job title: Management accountant in product control at Citi
When did you decide to pursue a career in management accounting and why?
After attending careers fairs in the fourth year of university. I was looking for a career that would suit my numerical skills as well as develop business awareness. Working in finance and studying the CIMA qualification looked the best way to develop a sound understanding of business and also to learn key analytical skills and techniques.
What did the application process for your current job involve?
After the initial screening, there was a full-day assessment. We were tested on our analytical and verbal reasoning skills, and sat interviews with the finance management team. We were also given the opportunity to chat to some of the finance staff to learn more about Citi and the finance department. It was an open, two-way process.
What do you do on a typical day?
There is no typical day in finance, as there are so many ongoing projects and initiatives, changing client needs, and new regulation and statutory requirements.
How do you balance your workload with your studies?
When I joined Citi, I found there was an emphasis on a work/study balance. CIMA students are well supported in time allocated for study and in resources
What is the most rewarding part?
Sitting alongside a diverse mix of teams and individuals, working towards the same goal.
What is the worst part?
Waiting for "that email" sent on CIMA results day. Although these can be resat, there’s still the same anticipation to find out your results.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in accoutancy?
Don’t be put off if you don’t have an existing finance background. Accountants come from many different disciplines – what you learn from your studies will aid you in your job and in your understanding of business. Also, accountancy is a sound platform to build a career – it’s no coincidence that so many directors and CEOs come from a finance background.