Shauna Loughrey: BSc Economics, 2015

I studied on the three year BSc Economics programme at the University of Liverpool Management School. Since graduating in July 2015, I have moved to London working with PwC. I am currently on their Assurance Graduate Scheme working in the banking and capital markets sector.

What does your role involve and what is a typical work day like?

As part of the graduate scheme I am studying for the ACA exams to become a Chartered Accountant. This means my time is split between college, training and client work. One of the best things about working in audit is the variety of the role which means no two days are the same. As a Big Four firm we get to work with some amazing clients and have opportunities to work with lots of interesting experienced professionals. 

How did your course prepare you for your role?

What differentiates Economics and other Management School courses from other degrees is there application to the real working world. Business acumen is vital in audit work. Being aware of the macro and microeconomic factors that affect markets, which becomes second nature in an economics degree, helps to add value when working with a client.

Did you use the university careers service?

The application process for a Big Four firm is quite strenuous. It involves an online application, psychometric tests, a telephone interview, assessment centre and final partner interview. The university careers service provides great support from CV workshops to mock interviews. Using these services helped me to prepare and feel more confident entering into each stage of the application.

Did you participate in any extra-curricular activities whilst studying?

While at the university I was the Treasurer for the Management School Society. This allowed me to get involved with various opportunities including planning a society trip to Amsterdam. Gettinginvolved in other aspects of the university is a great way to meet people and gave me lots to talk about in the interview process. 

Did you work part-time as a student?

While I didn't work during term time, I had a part-time job during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays as a receptionist. It was a great experience giving me a glimpse into the working world, while improving my skills in communication and organisation.

What did you enjoy most about your student experience?

The best thing about the University of Liverpool for me was the people. At university you get to meet such a variety of people with different interests and perspectives. Some of Liverpool’s alumni will go on to do incredible things and will be great future networks or friends for life.

What are your career goals for the future?

My goals for the future are to the complete the ACA exams and become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. After qualifying I would like to stay in assurance and progress to managerial level.