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Jodie Colverd BSc Accounting and Finance with placement year 2018

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One of the highlights of my time at Southampton has most definitely been partaking in the Business School Society. Getting involved with a society has enabled me to make new friends.

My time at Southampton has been life-changing; the lecturers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and always willing to help, and have a lot of experience in their fields of research. The student community is fun with lots of extra things to do outside of academia, and the campus has a real buzz.

I have improved my subject knowledge and academic abilities in writing papers and independent study, and improved my confidence and communication skills through seminar groups and group coursework. I enjoy using ACCA past papers and exam questions in our modules, which highlights that the course is a key stepping stone in helping me to become a chartered accountant.

One of the highlights of my time at Southampton has most definitely been partaking in the Business School Society. Getting involved with a society has enabled me to make new friends from different courses and year groups. The Business School Society provides academic and social events for students in the School, including netball, football and social nights out, as well as providing support.

As Sports Secretary, I organise the netball team on a weekly basis, booking courts for training sessions and coaching drills and tactics. We play weekly against other netball teams from other faculties.

During my placement year, I worked as a Finance Analyst at IBM in Portsmouth. My key responsibilities included raising purchase orders and invoice reports, using a variety of database systems such as GLUI, SO Billing Database, ASO and RFS online. I was also able to help support an internal audit and liaise directly with customers. It helped improve my time management and adaptability, and overall has made me more employable for when I leave University.

When I graduate, I hope to get a job on a graduate programme within Finance or Accounting, which will help me to do my ACCA professional exams alongside gaining real on-the-job experience.

Southampton is a great place to live, with convenient modes of transport in to and out of the city. The bars and clubs are vast and there is always something to. The Common also provides a nice contrasting green space, which is nice for walks in the summer.

 

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