Lindsey Welsh, Accounting and Finance with a Year in Industry

Lindsey Welsh

BA Accounting and Finance with a Year in Industry

From: Wirral

Top three tips for University:

1. Make sure you plan your time - don’t leave work until the last minute!
2. Don’t be afraid to talk to new people, everyone is feeling the same and wanting to make friends.
3. Have fun and enjoy yourself!!

How did you research the options open to you for University?

I attended a higher education exhibition at the Gmex in Manchester, where I got lots of prospectuses and spoke to university representatives. I did more research online into universities that sounded interesting or ones that did courses I wanted. I then attended plenty of open days to get a feel for each uni and the city!

Why did you choose to study at the University of Liverpool Management School?

Everyone was super friendly, the lecturers seemed passionate about their subject and helping students. Also support services available were really important to me, ULMS support sounded second to none - and it is.

Why did you choose your course?

I worked part time in an accountancy firm before starting university so I knew that was the course I wanted to do. ULMS offered the highest amount of exemptions for professional exams after university so this was a big factor in my decision.

What skills have you developed?

Communication and networking skills - there are so many events with outside employers and ULMS extra session so help further skills

How have you handled the challenges of university?

My academic advisor Claire is always available to chat with me about any challenges I’m facing, no matter how big or small. The support office also provide brilliant support.

How have you found the learning experience?

Amazing! I couldn’t fault anything at ULMS.

Is University different to what you expected?

There is much more support in my experience at ULMS than I thought there would be. I can get help with anything I need, it could be ULMS extra sessions on skills to help me or extra offices hours, maths help sessions, or speaking to the support team for more personal issues!

What clubs and societies are you involved in?

The accounting and finance society and I have just joined the ballroom and Latin dancing society.

What have you enjoyed most about your student experience?

Meeting my course friends and also the ACFI ball!

What do you get up to when you are not studying?

I spend time with my friends from university and visiting my friends from home also. I love to go the gym and I also do ballroom & Latin dancing.

How did you source your placement?

My academic advisor had some contacts and recommended 2 placements - I sent her my CV which she forwarded to the employers. I got offered a job at BDO in May just before my exams began.

What do you feel has been the most rewarding element of your placement?

Learning about how all the work I do at university applies to the real world of work, I feel it will help me greatly in my final year to understand the theory being taught.

How has your placement prepared you for work after university?

I have got used to the 9-5 days, which was tricky after being a university student for so long - so I’ll know what to expect after university! I have also made lots of contacts whilst working.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of taking year in industry?

Start looking in September of second year and also speak to your academic advisor to see if they have any contacts!

What are your future career goals?

I would love to continue working for BDO on their graduate scheme.