Amanda Proaspatu, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, internship
to LSBU from the University of East London in her second year of studies when
she wanted to go to a university closer to home, with good transport links and
a well renowned accounting and finance course.
studied accounting and finance at LSBU and are both now accountants and they
love it, so I knew LSBU was a great place to study. It was a last minute
decision to transfer and I went straight into the second year of the course -
but I met some lovely people the minute I got here and settled in really
quickly. The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance has a more personal feel, with
smaller classes and more 1-2-1 attention with the lecturers."
Getting some hands-on experience
opportunity to apply for a 9 week internship based in the finance department at
LSBU came up, Amanda jumped at the chance to get some industry experience.
for the internship online, submitting my CV and a covering letter and went to
an interview. I was so pleased when I found out there were only eight students
from a course of 200 picked – and I was one of them!
"I was really
keen to get some hands-on experience and the internship exceeded my
expectations. We rotated around the departments which included payroll, credit
control, financial planning, financial accounting, procurement, enterprise and
accounts payable so gained a real insight into each area."
databases such as Cognos and Aggresso, was tasked with ratio and trend analysis
and was given a procurement project on purchasing uniforms for nursing students
where she assessed and picked the best suppliers.
Amanda's live project
also completed a 'live' project during their internship – where they picked a
project to develop that the university would potentially implement.
individual project was on 'cashless campus'. This is where there are no cash
transactions on campus, and I researched how it would work, liaised with the
cash office and procurement and planned how it would be implemented. At the end
of the 9 week internship we all presented our projects to senior management –
and I got a great reaction and really positive feedback."
experienced during my internship was new – we study the theory on my course but
seeing it in practice is invaluable and I learnt so much more than I expected
to. The internship has really expanded my CV and gives me so much to talk about
in interviews – I think I'll be able to sell my skills and experience more now.
experience Amanda gained during her internship has also enabled her to work out
which area of finance she's interested in, and make a plan for the future.
"My aim is to
work in financial planning as that is the area I enjoyed most. But first I need
to complete my final year and gain my ACCA accreditation so I can become a
fully qualified chartered accountant. I also hope to apply for a graduate
scheme in October."