Numbers. An infinite set of possibilities, just like life. The entire world is just a series of statistics. Nothing More. Nothing Less
University was always a must for me, and after completing my GCSE’s and obtaining good grades I felt like university was the only way forward for me. I was very determined to do this, and I believe that that is the kind of person I am.
My inspiration behind maths comes from a very young age, the manipulations and calculations of maths always fascinated me and it always seemed to be my forte. This lead to my inspiration for accountancy, in my younger years I did a little work for my uncle, doing basic calculations and organising money for him. The idea that maths is involved with almost every aspect of a person’s daily life intensely intrigues me. This fascinated me deeply and proved to me that it was a possibility of a career I wanted to pursue. As for the Business side of things, when I began my A-Level’s I had the fantastic opportunity to study this phenomenal subject. From the moment I first laid eyes on what was involved I felt deep down that I knew I had found something very special. The link between this and my involvement with my uncle when I was younger was very apparent. Most of all I enjoyed it immensely. Even now after my course finished, I still research day-to-day business occurrences for personal interest such things as mergers and takeovers plus the stock exchange system interests me.
Recently, I had the honour of going to a local accountancy firm and doing some work experience there for a few weeks. This was and still remains one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever had. I still remember the feeling of shock and awe that I got like it was yesterday. I was literally thrown into the deep end onto a computer with the Sage Accounting programme used by professional accountants. As if this wasn’t bad enough I was trusted on someone’s real account! My colleagues were extremely friendly and helpful and understanding and I seemed to take information and advice in about accountancy very quickly. I was told I handled it well, picked up on the idea of accounting at record pace and they would be happy to let me come back again for more.
In my own life, I love playing rugby; I find it to be a fantastic thing for stress relief. At present, I play for my local town reserves team (Bideford Harlequins XV), and I would be interested in joining a local team to carry on playing, this helps me to work in teams and it would help me to fit into the community at university. I also participate in coaching one of the junior teams; this helps me to develop responsibility whilst improving other aspects such as doing presentations and talking to a group. I am also officially qualified to coach which means that I must be good at coaching.
I currently have an evening part-time job at Tesco PLC doing evening replenishment, I work a few nights a week for a little extra money. This was the first major job that I had and I believe that it has given me an extra reserve of knowledge about the inner workings of a multi-national corporation which I think will help me on this course.
After my undergraduate course, I feel strongly inclined to continue my university studies by doing a postgraduate master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. However this is very early to decide this and I will remain very open to any other options available to me.
For me Accounting is something I am incredibly passionate about. From a young age I have always enjoyed Mathematics and problem solving; fortunately for me these two interests of mine are a part of the fundamentals of Accounting and Finance.
This has helped me to decide that getting involved in the financial world is the career that I intend to pursue at University. From the threshold of childhood, being around my father’s takeaway business has enabled me to understand some of the financial aspects which a business requires; this experience has inspired me to pursue my dream to become a Chartered Accountant.
Currently I am studying BTEC Sport, I.C.T and A level Accounts. I am continuing with these studies in my second year of 6th Form because I enjoy them very much and I believe each subject has provided me with an array of excellent skills which will benefit me when I attend University.
Studying BTEC I.C.T has helped me improve my presentation skills as I have had lots of practice presenting to large groups. This has improved my confidence and will be a great help for me when I attend University and when I apply for Accounting jobs in the future as I have acquired the skills that are essential in order to be a successful Accountant and undergraduate student.
BTEC Sport has also improved my confidence, communication and leadership skills especially with the Community Sports Leadership Award - Level 2 course that I have successfully passed. Accounts has provided me with the basic background of Accounting, as well as enhancing my problem solving and analysis skills.
This particular experience has left me with a burning sensation to learn more about Accounts. Overall my time at Holte 6th Form has contributed into me becoming a more mature, confident student who will excel if given the chance to enter higher education.
To develop further insight into my chosen career I have secured an ongoing work experience placement with the school finance sector on Wednesdays; I believe this highlights and emphasises my commitment and determination in the field of accountancy. I have also had the opportunity to enhance my communication skills through a part-time job working in a restaurant, interact with different customers.
This improved my adaptability skills as in the time I worked there I faced a range of new circumstances, developing new skills. In addition, I have also had work experience working in a Primary School where I have coached two Year Four PE classes; here I have gained the skills to become a more tolerant and patient person.
I believe these are essential transferable skills and will be of great help at University. I have also volunteered in raising money for Sports Relief where a group of Holte Sixth Form students rowed around the world. This has improved my sense of responsibility, and teamwork and motivation skills, as I had to interact, work efficiently and motivate my fellow peers.
I love to play sport whenever I can as it fills me with great enjoyment. I hope to continue being involved in sports at University by joining the sport clubs that are available because playing sport provides me with a good balance in my life between leisure and work which allows me to produce my best results academically; I plan to keep this balance at university.
From a young age I have always wanted to go to University to follow my dream. The prospect of learning more about the field I want to go into is what motivates and excites me into going to University. I hope by attending University, I can develop the skills that I currently posses and also gain new skills.
Teachers say the step up from GCSE to A level is like climbing a Mountain. I feel I have achieved this and now I feel I am ready for the step up from A level to University, as this challenge excites me and is one I am relishing.