Num­bers game

The eco­nomic re­cov­ery is caus­ing a pos­i­tive turn­around for fi­nan­cial grad­u­ates, Lau­ren Ah­wan re­ports.

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Mr Jones makes an ex­cep­tion for stu­dents who find part-time work in ac­count­ing firms, even if it means tak­ing an ex­tra year to com­plete their stud­ies. He says the con­tacts and ex­pe­ri­ence they gain can prove in­valu­able.

Ms Miller agrees stu­dents should care­fully con­sider their work com­mit­ments. ‘‘Some of them are work­ing 25 to 35 hours a week – that’s a lot of hours,’’ she says.

‘‘I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily say cut back but you have to be highly or­gan­ised and some­times when you’re a teenager or a school leaver, that’s hard to do.’’

Rachel Cum­ming, 21, knows the value of start­ing to look for ac­count­ing work early.

She un­der­took work ex­pe­ri­ence with Deloitte at the end of the first year of her Bach­e­lor of Com­merce (ac­count­ing/fi­nance) de­gree.

She did fur­ther work ex­pe­ri­ence with Deloitte af­ter her sec­ond year of study, worked part-time as a re­cep­tion­ist with a smaller ac­count­ing firm and picked up work as a book­keeper for fam­ily friends.

Last year, she had a part-time role with Deloitte while fin­ish­ing her de­gree. She now works there full­time as a grad­u­ate ac­coun­tant.

‘‘I was a bit un­usual. A lot of peo­ple in their first year were like ‘Oh, we don’t have to worry about that yet’,’’ she says.

‘‘But I think if it wasn’t for all of that work ex­pe­ri­ence, I would have strug­gled to get a job af­ter grad­u­at­ing.’’

Pic­ture: Mark Brake

Grad­u­ate Rachel Cum­ming scored a job with Deloitte af­ter do­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence with the com­pany while still a stu­dent.

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