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Sagar Shenoy BSc Mathematics with Statistics, 2012

Auditor - Deloitte

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Hi, I'm Sagar Shenoy and I studied BSc Mathematics with Statistics within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Maths teaches you to approach problems from different angles and attempt different methods of solving them; this skill is much sought after in industry.

What are your main responsibilities and duties in your job?

My primary role as an auditor is to audit the financial records of companies and organisations, firstly under supervision and then on my own. During the first three years I will be working towards my Associate Chartered Account exams to gain full professional qualification.

What advice would you give current and prospective students who desire a similar career to yours?

I think the two most important tips I can give to someone wanting to enter this very popular sector are: firstly, apply early; many people leave it until the last few days of the deadline to apply, not knowing that in fact many of the schemes are done, informally anyway, on a first come, first served basis. Secondly, research the company in detail; research what the role is and what you are expected to know, but also research the company’s values and then try and show in your application how you demonstrate those values. Finally, come the interview or assessment centre, relax, be confident and be yourself.

What skills has your maths degree given you that you use in your job?

My maths degree is very relevant and useful to my job. Aside from the obvious numerical skills that it has given me, it is really the analytical and problem solving skills that are of most use. Maths teaches you to approach problems from different angles and attempt different methods of solving them; this skill is much sought after in industry.

What led you to study maths at Southampton?

I had always wanted to study maths, it had always been my favourite subject. I was attracted to Southampton because of the great reputation it has, being a Russell Group university. I visited Southampton before I decided; I thought the campus was great and really liked the city.

Has your perception of maths and studying maths changed from when you came to the university?

Completely. Being bright is not enough; hard work is the key to success at a maths degree. Many people come believing they can cruise through, like they may have done at A-Level, but they’re wrong. From day one you need to put 100% into your work. Work hard in years one and two, build up a solid base of knowledge, and it will pay dividends in your third year.

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