Name: Vicky Howlett
Degree and university: Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)
BSc Accounting, Auditing & Finance (EY Degree)
What do you actually do? As part of the EY Degree I will be gaining 18 months work experience as an Associate in Ernst & Young’s Audit and Assurance services. During my first three months work placement in London I experienced working in a number of audit teams to help analyse the accuracy of clients’ accounting records. Through learning and performing audit procedures I was also able to gain an understanding of business operations for a variety of clients in different industries.
Why did you decide to go into the Financial sector? I have always taken an interest in Business, Finance and Economics and therefore researched into careers in the financial sector. I also wanted a career that would allow me to progress and to specialise in the areas I find interesting.
How did you find out about this course? I received a letter about the EY Degree from Ernst & Young based on the information I had provided UCAS on the subjects I was interested in. I then contacted Lancaster University to find out more about the course and university Open Days.
Would you undertake more training to further your career? After completing the degree at LUMS I intend to pursue a Chartered Accountant qualification. During my placement, I also realised the importance of the day-to-day learning involved with the work, as it helps to gain an overall understanding of the clients’ business.
What do you like most about what you do and are there any downsides? Throughout my placement I really enjoyed the variety of work I performed and the new experiences and challenges I had to face on a daily basis. I was able to meet and work with many interesting people and learn about a range of businesses, which definitely helped to keep the work interesting and enjoyable.
Due to the structure of the course it is important that you learn to manage your time effectively, especially for the work placements and the completion of university work. I found this really important, as it helps you learn to achieve a good work/life balance.
What skills do you need to succeed in this sector? Being enthusiastic and hard-working means you are able to gain as much from the experience as possible, especially as there are always plenty of activities to get involved in both at LUMS and Ernst & Young. Good team working and communication skills are also important in audit, as they allow you to take a really active role in your audit teams.