I firmly believe that university is the next step for me toprogress into an accounting career. I have been impressed by the depth ofcourses available as well as the vast range of workshops and societies that areavailable to students, all culminating in a qualification that will give meentry into a highly respected profession. I am particularly keen to undertake a work placement to help preparemyself for life after graduating to greatly improve employability prospects andto assist for when I become immersed with real life business situations.
Ultimately, I feel that this course will provide me with knowledge and experienceto enable me to thrive in the working environment and am confident that thetransferable skills that I have already taken on board will be developedfurther.For several years, I have used part of my summer holidays toraise funds for charities in the U.K and Africa. I have done this by organisingstalls and activities at local fairs and have been responsible for marketingcharities during the shows with display boards and flyers.
This experience wasextremely beneficial and further supported the development of my interest infinance and money management.Aside from studying for my A levels, I have also secured a parttime job at McDonalds Plc, a multinational fast food franchise. Working at McDonaldsas a crew member, I have learnt a lot about their operations and about managingtime. My experiences have furthered my understanding about topics in my currentsubjects. For instance, in business studies, the importance of topics such ascorporate social responsibility, customer service, business ethics and growth,standard costing, supply chains and quality control. Throughout my life in education, I have had to balance timeplaying for the school sports teams in football, rugby, tennis and cricketwhilst also focusing on my studies.
The highlight of my experiences in schoolsports was winning ‘sportsman of the year award’ in 2012/2013. This wasfollowed by considerable success in representing the Hull Boys Football Leagueagainst many professional club Academy sides. My choice of A level subjects has certainly given me astrong platform to progress into this undergraduate course and have contributedsignificantly to the range of skills I possess. Business Studies has helped toimprove my problem solving and analytical skills which are essential to therole of an accountant. Within the course, I have had to deal with differentcase studies based on real life companies and have built up the business knowledgerequired to account and control for cash and other assets in the businessenvironment. Psychology has positively developed my critical thinkingand interpersonal skills which are necessary when building strong relationswith future stakeholders.
It has also helped me to acknowledge the impact thathuman behaviour can have on management within the workforce. To broaden mystudies I chose Biology, which focuses on how living things can grow andflourish. In principle, Accounting is like Biology, in that it helps to createorganisations and other entities, it supports growth and can effectivelyidentify weaknesses within an organisation that can be eliminated or turnedinto strengths. Without the production of the accounts, ledgers and financialstatements, businesses cannot function. Therefore, I find this courseparticularly appealing because of the versatility it offers; how itinterrelates with many different fields and applies aspects of variousdisciplines within the course.From my earliest memories of my father taking me into thefactory that he started, I have become increasingly fascinated with thefunctioning of the financial industry which manifested itself into a strongdesire to fulfil a career in Accountancy.
In contrast to most of theconventional subjects I studied at GCSE, I have become increasingly engaged andconnected to my current studies.