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Accountancy Networking Event Proves a Success

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Professionals from the world of Accountancy, students and lecturers gathered at Worcester Business School to share ideas and expertise.

The ‘Meet the Accountancy Professionals’ networking and showcase event was organised as part of the University of Worcester Future Weeks, aiming to boost the skills and expand the professional network of Worcester’s budding accountants and to showcase the new BA (Hons) Accounting degree.

Representatives of Haines Watts Group Services, Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Moorfields Corporate Recovery, Thorne Widgery Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales shared experiences and opened up new horizons of opportunities to current students.

Mark Richardson, Head of Worcester Business School, said: “It is terrific to gather together future accountants, academic and experienced professionals from key organisations in the region, who are setting the trends and the best practices in this exciting profession. This event is a fantastic example of the successful work we do in expanding our business links and providing new work opportunities for our students and graduates.”

Trish Sayers, Director of Haines Watts Group Services Worcester, who presented at the event, said: “Haines Watts is a national firm of accountants and our Worcester office is working with the University to increase the awareness and understanding of the accountancy profession as a first choice of career for graduates. We were delighted to present and give students the opportunity to hear first-hand about working in the profession at the event.

“Worcester has a thriving business community and graduates should look locally for career opportunities, as many employers are keen to employ local people. We look forward to supporting the University in promoting the accountancy profession to students in the future.”

For Mihaela Getzova, a second-year Accounting student at the University, the event was particularly beneficial. She explains: “The networking event was an invaluable opportunity to meet people from the area and to hear their point of view on the profession. As a result of it, one of the partners at the Worcester branch of Haines Watts is interested in reviewing my CV, which is an immense help for me, as I am trying to secure a placement for next year.”

Michael Davis, final-year Accounting student at Worcester, added: “This event was truly valuable as I managed to hear, first-hand, from prospective employers about how exciting and rewarding it is to start a career in accountancy as a graduate trainee by meeting a diverse range of clients. Also, I had the opportunity to discover different cultures in the present accountancy firms and think which one would suit me best.”

The Accountancy degree at Worcester has been awarded exemption accreditation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Financial Accountants.

Students who complete the degree programme can now gain exemption from a significant proportion of the professional exam papers with these institutes, awarding them credit for prior learning. Some of the exemptions are also available to students whose degrees are on the Business, Accounting & Finance pathways.