I graduated from UWS in the summer of 2018 with a BAcc Sandwich (Hons). This degree gave me the opportunity to gain work experience in a finance department during my learning. I also realised that the opportunities available at university are rare outside of academia, so I took advantage of offers to participate in business competitions in the likes of Brussels and Annecy. I feel this mix of academic and practical experience in Accounting gave me a solid platform when looking for graduate roles in fourth year.
The application process for graduate programmes can be grueling but the best advice I was given was to start early. After third year, I had successfully gained a place on the summer internship programme at Morgan Stanley Fund Services. This is a 13 week placement where there may be the opportunity of a permanent position afterwards.
By the start of my fourth year, I had been offered a graduate place at Morgan Stanley, one of the largest investment banks in the world. I can still remember the sense of achievement I felt when receiving this call.
I am currently a Fund Accountant where my job revolves around the independent administration of hedge fund clients. I prepare daily, weekly, and month end reporting around portfolio and valuation of assets, and the allocation of this portfolio to investors.
This role has allowed me to further my accounting qualifications, as I am now an Affiliate with ACCA, one of the world’s most renowned accounting bodies. I have passed all of the exams needed to become a Chartered Certified Accountant. This included achieving the highest mark worldwide in Advanced Performance Management, which drew publicity nationally for Morgan Stanley and myself.
I am very proud to have started my Accounting education at UWS, and remain thankful for the extremely useful lessons provided by many of their encouraging lecturers.
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