Current Employer/Organisation Name
MGR Western Kay LLP
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I started a training job at a medium-sized accountancy firm two weeks after results were posted. I have been working towards chartering with ICAEW whilst gaining experience of audits and accounts preparation.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
It’s a great career for anyone who is nosy, as you get to see how sole traders and business run, and even how some famous people spend their money. I knew I wanted a job that was more than paper pushing and I wanted to keep my options open. At the start of a career as an auditor, you could be anywhere and in any sector ten years later.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
I was the treasurer of the German society and an active member of the Hispanic Society and a casual member of others.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
I had some really interesting and inspiring lecturers. As a language learner, we also had brilliant and understanding native-speaking teachers. My dissertation supervisor was one of the current experts on the topic. My favourite modules were both in my final year, Interwar Germany, and The Fantastic in European literature.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Exeter was one of the few Russel group universities that offered Spanish for beginners as well as German.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Start to build on general business knowledge now. Read the business section of online newspaper fairly regularly. They won’t expect you to know anything about accounting but it will impress them to know you are generally informed. You also need to understand what the accounting qualification will entail. At times this is like a second job.