RGU praises ac­coun­tancy prac­tice

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - CLASSIFIED -

Me­ston Reid & Co, char­tered ac­coun­tants and busi­ness ad­vi­sors, has been praised by Robert Gor­don Uni­ver­sity for sup­port­ing the next gen­er­a­tion.

The Aberdeen prac­tice has ac­cepted place­ment stu­dents from RGU’s ac­coun­tancy and fi­nance de­gree in all but two of the past 20 years.

The com­pany’s first stu­dent place­ment Louise Smith, who gained her ac­coun­tancy and fi­nance de­gree from RGU, has wel­comed the lat­est re­cruits, third-year stu­dents Kyle Gor­don and Gemma Spence. The pair will spend the next year at the firm’s of­fice in the city.

Louise, busi­ness ser­vices man­ager in the au­dit and ac­counts depart­ment, said: “I’m ex­tremely proud of Me­ston Reid & Co’s com­mit­ment to giv­ing stu­dents a plat­form to ob­tain front­line ex­pe­ri­ence and de­velop a broader un­der­stand­ing of ac­coun­tancy in a com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

“In ad­di­tion, stu­dent place­ments have also been very good for us as a busi­ness.

“It is ef­fec­tively a year­long two-way ap­praisal to as­sess if the stu­dent will fit with the rest of the team and have the abil­ity, drive and com­mit­ment to take fur­ther ex­ams to be­come fully qual­i­fied.

“Stu­dents at Me­ston Reid & Co have the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take a wide range of projects, all of which are aimed at im­prov­ing their skills and knowl­edge.

“We look for self-starters and some­one who en­joys a chal­lenge. I may be bi­ased but I think the RGU ac­coun­tancy de­gree is first rate and as the first stu­dent place­ment at Me­ston Reid & Co, I’m de­lighted to wel­come Kyle and Gemma to our team.”

Gemma, who lives in Aberdeen, opted for a ca­reer change af­ter work­ing in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

She said: “Me­ston Reid & Co has an out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion for its stu­dent place­ment pro­gramme.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to gain­ing a greater un­der­stand­ing of a wide range of ac­coun­tancy func­tions, in­clud­ing re­lated tax as­pects.”

Kyle, from Ar­broath, said: “I found out about Me­ston Reid & Co dur­ing an open day ar­ranged by RGU. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for me to learn from an ex­pe­ri­enced team and I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.”

Louise was in­volved in the process to se­lect Kyle and Gemma. Me­ston Reid & Co has sup­ported 25 place­ments since 1998.

Pro­fes­sor El­iz­a­beth Gam­mie, head of Aberdeen Busi­ness School, Robert Gor­don Uni­ver­sity, said: “We are de­lighted that Me­ston Reid val­ues the out­stand­ing qual­ity of our Aberdeen Busi­ness School stu­dents by of­fer­ing place­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The year-long place­ment un­der­taken in year three of a four-year de­gree is a unique fea­ture of the un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes that we of­fer.

“Not only do the stu­dents de­velop their skills and com­pe­ten­cies by ap­ply­ing some of their aca­demic learn­ing to the work­place but the ex­pe­ri­ence also en­hances their fu­ture ca­reer di­rec­tion and prospects.

“Many firms like Me­ston Reid of­fer place­ment stu­dents grad­u­ate jobs on com­ple­tion of their de­grees and th­ese grad­u­ates fit seam­lessly back into their place­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­at­ing a win-win sit­u­a­tion for both par­ties. “Me­ston Reid is a great sup­porter of Aberdeen Busi­ness School and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this re­la­tion­ship in the fu­ture.”

STRENGTH IN NUM­BERS: From left, Louise Smith, of char­tered ac­coun­tants Me­ston Reid & Co, and RGU stu­dents Gemma Spence and Kyle Gor­don

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