Applying to university for
2015 entry was an extremely difficult decision for me, I was torn between
choosing to study either Accounting or Software Engineering since I enjoyed
maths and problem solving in general at school. After much contemplation, I
decided to pursue a degree in Software Engineering but unfortunately, I
discovered that it was not the course for me, so I made the decision to leave
university and pursue a career in Accounting instead. Even though I left
university in 2016, I felt that this was the best outcome for me as I am now
pursuing a subject that I am passionate about, and due to previously attending university,
I understand the level of commitment and study involved, and I am fully
prepared to dedicate myself to obtaining a degree in Accounting.
My first venture into the
world of finance was in 2014 when I was accepted into the Summer School
Programme for BDO LLP, working as a junior auditor for two weeks. This involved
an induction day at London and then visiting different clients throughout
Glasgow to assist my colleagues with various tasks such as completing
statements of financial position, excel related work and administration duties.
This initial exposure made me realise that accounting is something that I
enjoy, and helped me to develop valuable life skills such as professionalism when
meeting clients, and team working which was essential when required to complete
tasks in an efficient and timely manner.
This was also the case
when I volunteered at Barnardos charity shop in 2014 and has been the case
since 2015, where I work as a customer service representative at
Teleperformance Ltd. I ensure that customers are satisfied with their experience
when they contact us to place orders and to deal with complaints in an empathetic
manner so that customers understand why things went wrong and to come up with
an appropriate solution. I relate to the customer and exercise independent
judgement to provide customers with the best possible outcome. Having done this
successfully for over two years, I feel I am now an able employee and the
skills gained through my work experience, such as communication and analytical
skills, will be invaluable in the financial sector.
It has been a necessity
to develop and hone my time management skills by balancing my commitments to
work alongside my free time and, particularly, my studies so that I ensure a
thorough understanding of the underlying accounting principles and concepts in
the world of finance is obtained. Having refined this essential skill, I feel that
I will do well in university as it has made me learn how to be proactive in
getting things done, prioritising activities and setting goals for myself to
achieve this. In addition, I have been engaged in further research online and have
read financial magazines to gain an understanding of the current economic
climate and factors or practices which have caused bankruptcies – an example
being the Enron scandal. By doing this, I feel that the transition to
university will be a smooth one since independent study plays a major role in
differentiating those who will, and those who will not find success in
completing their course.
As well as doing
research, I enjoy spending my free time playing a variety of sports including
football and tennis but my favourite activity is travelling abroad whenever I
can to experience new cultures and the lifestyle of the people there. My
favourite destination so far is Hong Kong. I relished the vibrant nightlife it
presented and the abundance of skyscrapers, especially the view of the city
from Victoria Peak which was incredibly beautiful.
Once I finish my degree I hope to become a fully qualified accountant
and put the skills that I will learn through university, as well as my social
and work experiences, to good use. It would be very rewarding to help other
people and I would hope that one day, I could work as an accountant abroad so
that I can work with people from all walks of life.