I chose to study Accounting & Finance, primarily because of the course and its syllabus and the opportunity to gain exemptions from professional chartered accountancy examinations. During the first and second year, all modules were compulsory, and in the third year I chose Taxation, Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation, Business Finance, and Management Accounting 2.
I found the lecturers and seminar leaders very approachable and they provided comprehensive study materials. Seminars were an opportunity to clarify and discuss areas that were particularly challenging and review seminar preparation. The majority of the work was completed during self-study, although tutors were always available during office hours for help. Throughout the year we were focused on various assignments, exam preparation and technique.
It is difficult to compare the academic standards with anything I have done previously. However, I am extremely well prepared for my future studies. I am currently studying towards my ACA qualification and I am achieving high marks. Kent is consistently ranked highly in university league tables, which is testimony to the high academic standards achieved by Kent graduates.
I chose to continue with accounting and finance as a career and therefore I have found that much of the academic knowledge is transferable. In addition to this, I developed a range of self-study techniques at Kent that continue to help me. At Kent, we were encouraged to participate in group projects that develop communication skills, time management, analysis and teamwork. These skills are particularly applicable in my career, especially when working on an audit to tight deadlines.
After receiving my degree results I immediately began applying for graduate positions. I posted several online applications which resulted in a lot of online testing and several interviews. Within eight weeks I was offered two positions in quick succession, this meant I had to consider both these and additional pending applications, and how I wanted my future career to progress. I chose my current position because of their acceptance of exemptions from ACA professional examinations and the belief that a smaller firm more suited my personality and career goals.
My main piece of advice to prospective students is to ask questions. Ask the lecturer or your seminar leader if you are confused, or don’t understand a certain part of the syllabus, they are always willing to help, whether through email or meeting you during their office hours.
I would also recommend maintaining a healthy work-life balance, make sure you make time to relax, have fun, chill out with your friends, go to the gym, or join a society. Taking breaks from work meant I was more focused when I was studying, I learnt more and I had time to pursue other interests. I had a great time at Kent and would thoroughly recommend it to any prospective student.