The economic recovery is causing a positive turnaround for financial graduates, Lauren Ahwan reports.
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.’’
Graduate Rachel Cumming scored a job with Deloitte after doing work experience with the company while still a student.