94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13).
Where are our graduates now?
Accountancy graduates are currently working in 21 countries around the world including: USA, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. They are contributing to the performance of both finance-related organisations, as well as a range of other private and public sector bodies including:
|Ernst & Young
||Royal Bank of Scotland
|Lloyds Banking Group
||Halifax Bank of Scotland
||Proctor & Gamble
Recent graduates from Stirling’s Accountancy degree have started their careers in the following roles:
- Associate, PwC
- Commercial and Performance Analyst, SSE
- Audit Associate, Deloitte UK
- Trainee Financial Advisor, Greaves, West & Ayre
- Graduate Finance Analyst, Aston Martin
- Part Qualified Accountant, Yousaf & Co Ltd
Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:
- Chartered Accountant, Dickson Middleton
- Senior Associate, Deloitte UK
- Auditor, Audit Scotland
- Assurance Technician, Ernst & Young
- Management Accountant, Standard Life plc
- Business Services Manager, RSM Tenon
Some of our more established graduates are currently employed as: Senior Partner in their own firm Chief Financial Officer, Energy Australia Finance Director, BiP Solutions VP (Operational Risk Management), J.P. Morgan Head of Quality Review, ICAS Investment Director, Bank of Scotland Equity An Accountancy degree doesn’t only set you up for a career in the financial sector; some of our graduates have built upon their initial university experience and are now working as Solicitors (McClure Naismith), Reporters (EquityRadar), Social Worker (Barnardos), Editor/Cameramen (BBC Scotland), and even a High Court Judge (Court of Session, Edinburgh). A wide range of employers recognise that a student with an accounting/finance background has had a strong business-focused education which will have equipped them with important skills (numerical, communication, problem-solving etc). This explains why graduates from this Division have such a strong employment record.
Career Development Centre
The University has an excellent Career Development Centre, situated in 3A1, which not only provides access to professional career advice and employment resources, but also runs career planning units and workshops.
The Careers Liaison Officer for the Division is Chris Coles and he offers a link between the Division and the Career Development Centre.
Chartered Accountancy Training
Positions for Chartered Accountancy training (CA) are normally advertised in the autumn prior to graduation (Semester 7) with many firms taking part in a ‘milk round’ of interviews in October and November each year. It is very important for Year 3 students hoping to get a CA training contract to prepare application forms and CVs before returning to fourth year, as the deadlines set by firms can be as early as mid-October. Many organisations offer internships and placements and it can also be useful to contact local firms to see if relevant experience can be gained. All of which will help when applying for a Training Contract position. There are CA positions with the three Chartered Accountancy Institutes in the UK:
Other bodies offering accounting qualifications include: the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). These vacancies come up throughout the year and students should check the relevant websites:
For further help and advice visit the Career Development Centre in room 3A1, call 01786 407070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship – what they are and why you should consider doing one?
An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students (or interns) over a fixed period of time, which enables the student to gain practical experience. The Career Development Centre has details of internships available around the world with large private sector organisations, as well as opportunities with smaller local businesses which are promoted through the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme. As a student, you will automatically be registered onto the University’s Vacancy & Events System which means that you will receive regular updates regarding new opportunities as they become available.
Six reasons why you should consider an internship:
- Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market.
- Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
- Test your career choices – internships can ease your transition into future careers or alternatively, help you decide that you don’t want to work in that area after all
- ‘Real world’ business experience, enabling you to put theory into practice
- Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
- Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods
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