Finance Graduate at Dyson
When I left university in 2010 with a degree in Maths, Operational Research and Statistics, I was still undecided on a career path. In fact, it took a series of other jobs for me to realise that accountancy was the profession that I wanted to pursue.
Initially, I began working in merchandising, and was promoted to the role of Assistant Merchandiser. It was in this role that I began forecasting, budgeting and reporting financials to the team and senior management. I found myself wanting to learn more about the techniques I was using and what other methods could be used, and my research led me to accountancy. I quickly found out that accountancy offers excellent job prospects and financial security, and it also offers lots of variety. There’s the opportunity to continuously grow and develop.
I chose ACCA because I knew I wanted to work within business, and the flexibility and broad range of subjects covered appealed to me. The ACCA Qualification is portable and valued by employers across all business sectors. I also wanted a professional qualification that is recognised and highly regarded globally, so that I have the opportunity to work internationally. I’m so glad I made the decision, and I’ve been impressed by the breadth of knowledge I have gained so far. In a short period of time, I feel I have acquired a really good foundation in not only accountancy but also business.
My advice to others considering a career in accountancy? Be prepared to work hard - ACCA isn’t an easy option. However, the dedication will pay dividends as employers recognise the value qualified accountants bring to a business. I’m proud to be an ACCA student because I’m working towards becoming a member of a globally respected accountancy body.