The placement experience - Scott Cowie, Laura Swales and Tim Wyatt

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Information about The placement experience - Scott Cowie, Laura Swales and Tim Wyatt

Published on February 24, 2014

Author: HEASocSci



Presentation for HEA-funded workshop 'The employable accounting and finance graduate – Make your work experience count'

The event was a practical workshop which focused on the employability skills looked for within graduate accounting market. Although, it was not grounded in academic research, the event was an opportunity for students to hear first-hand what employers recruiting accounting and finance professionals are looking for.

This presentation forms part of a blog post which can be accessed via:

For further details of HEA Social Sciences work relating to employability and global citizenship please see:

The Placement Experience Scott Cowie Laura Swales Tim Wyatt

Tim Wyatt-Finance Officer Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals  My Role  What have I learnt?  Income Analysis  Working Under Pressure  Budget Management  Understanding working dynamics  Data Management  Applying technical knowledge Data handling  Holding finance meetings with hospital managers 

Laura Swales-Plant Finance Assistant Cummins Engine Company Darlington  My Role  What have I learnt?  VDM Process  Presentation Skills  Invoicing and Pricing  Course relevant knowledge  Month End Responsibilities -Metrics -SOX  ‘World of Work’ Skills  Confidence  Development Steps  Plant Tours

Scott Cowie- External Audit Assistant RSM Tenon      My Role At clients premises – hardly ever in office Audit planning Audit testing Preparing financial statements What have I learnt? Professionalism Maturity Organisation Working under pressure  Technical accounting skills  Time management  Communication     

Its not all hard work either…

Graduate Employment Challenges 1. Applying during Semester 1 2. Time consuming 3. GCSE +A Level grades 4. Reasoning tests 5. Location 6. Self belief

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