Hot topics for accounting candidates

pexels-photo-209224At our ‘Working in Accounting’ event earlier this week, Brexit was stated by the panel of accounting alumni and professionals as the hot topic to be discussed at interviews to impress employers.

Interested in a career in accounting? Read on for some more insights from the event …

  • QMUL alumnus Akram Rizvi, who works for Westminster Council as Finance Manager, explained the cost implications of Brexit were vast for the public sector, and the effects on immigration, labour market costs, and changes in laws could potentially lessen investment options in EU banks. QMUL SBM alumnus Roni added that Brexit costs at his employer Acorn will sky rocket.
  • We heard from QMUL alumna Sonia Akhtar, Associate at Grant Thornton, who told us that tax transparency is a hot topic in the tax world, as companies are now under pressure to publish their tax strategy and give full visibility. Sonia studied French & German, graduating in 2015, and her role involves preparing tax returns for her clients. Having languages and a study abroad year, as well as part time work and being a member of the rock climbing society, helped her applications stand out to employers.

  • Tom Woods, Senior Audit Manager at Menzies, who studied Chemistry at university, discussed the favourite part of his role as really adding value and assisting clients to succeed by finding savings, such as tax credits. He also explained that the role gives him real variation in his work, being able to work in different locations on different tasks, day to day. However he found both studying for a professional qualification and working to be a challenge, so practising good time management is key! Tom says, ‘it’s a great idea to network as much as you can during your university years, a university friend could be a potential client in the future!’
  • BDO Senior Resourcing Adviser, Jane Baker, gave fantastic insight into the recruitment process and how to stand out: ‘Don’t waste your time at university, this is a key time in your career: work hard and use the career services’. Showing dedication and passion for any aspect of your life is a great way to stand out – ‘this could be climbing mountains or baking cakes’ but whatever it is, talk about it during the interview process. Jane explained that the recruitment process is tough, and when facing psychometric tests and video interviews, students must be resilient and most importantly, be yourself! If you are successful at internship, you could receive a graduate job offer.
  • Roni Prodhania, who graduated most recently in 2016, gave an important message about graduate schemes: ‘Don’t be too focused on graduate schemes, there are fantastic graduate jobs out there, like my role at Acorn’. He emphasised being open minded to unknown small & medium sized employers. In Roni’s role, he focuses on loan analysis and liaising with Galliard homes: ‘My key challenge is cost analysis and VAT – the numbers have to be right, so attention to detail is important’.

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