Programme: Accounting for Management
Year of Study: Final
The best thing about studying at ABS is the feeling that you are part of a professional, globally recognised institution with some of its graduates now in high level positions within commerce.
My placement was at IBM Headquarters in Portsmouth as an International Expense Analyst. I was charge of non-controllable expenses (NCE) for the UK, Ireland, Netherlands & South Africa. I was also the global point of contact for NCE and regularly in touch with headquarters in Paris and Madrid.
The highlight of my placement was being selected to help on a budget project for which I received invaluable recognition. I was also recognised company-wide by the French Finance Director for my hands-on work during year-end.
I chose to study at Aston Business School because of its corporate links and because of the placement. The placement helped mould theory into something practical. It introduces students into a professional environment in which they hope to work. My communication skills improved, also my confidence in dealing with senior staff increased. I now hope to gain more skills not only to be more employable in the future but to have a better grasp of the inner workings of the types of organisations I wish to work for.
Regarding my future plans, I intend to complete formal qualifications in accounting as well as gain a wider skill-set by pursuing courses in project management and IT service delivery. I sincerely believe Aston has helped shape this psyche of continuous improvement and to create all-round business knowledge.