‘Food is a really fast-paced industry to get experience in, so I was really happy to make it through the selection process and land a placement at Bakkavor, who provide food to all the leading supermarkets.
I was rightly placed in the Finance Department covering management accounts and auditing.
The placement has offered me a great opportunity to learn, fast. There is always a high demand for the produce, so I am getting good exposure to a wide array of financial services.
My highlight has been working on the ‘Overheads File’. I have been able to use everything I learned in my second year Management Accounting module in this task. It involved budgeting, actual calculations and working out labour efficiency figures. I had to report back to senior management, who seemed happy with my work.
Throughout the placement, I aim to boost my financial experience overall, so I can make an informed decision about which area of finance and accounting I want to pursue as a career choice I am also looking forward to improving technical knowledge and getting to network and build connections for the future.
To everyone considering whether to take this pathway with their course, I would definitely recommend doing a Year in Industry. It is a great experience and gives you loads to talk about on your CV.
Apart from learning about the work and gauging interest in the field, it gives you a work-life discipline which is great to have before you even graduate.’
Kush’s top three for Year in Industry
- Don’t give up! I was rejected many times before I landed this placement. You have to be resilient and apply, apply, apply
- Boost your Linkedin Profile: It helps a lot for companies to see everything you’ve done in one place. Take the Employability Team’s advice on getting it right.
- Go that extra (curricular) mile! When you start university, think outside of your course. Take something related to the filed you’re looking to enter – an extra certificate, class or club for instance.