BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (2009-2012)
Group Accountant, Britvic PLC
I have just started working as Group Accountant at Britvic Soft Drinks in Hemel Hempstead. I was nervous when I first started but now I am five weeks into my new job and have settled in. My position involves undertaking statutory reporting, preparing consolidated monthly reports, forecasting and budgeting work. It also requires me to do project work and other ad hoc tasks given to me by my line manager.
I find it very satisfying knowing that what I do has a material impact on the business. It’s great to see the reports published to the external market, knowing that part of it was your own work. Working for Britvic is great as you always see the company’s products around in bars and supermarkets.
My Accounting and Finance degree at Winchester Business School provided me with a great deal of understanding about Accounting. Every day at work I am able to apply information that I have learnt from my course. Also the various assignments really improved my time management skills; something vital to me now because I’m given lots of tasks to do and must make sure that I meet all of the deadlines.
I chose to study at Winchester Business School as I felt that it was small and friendly with a much closer-knit feel than other universities. The small class sizes meant that all the lecturers really got to know me as a person and I felt that I could ask questions anytime if I didn’t understand something.
The most difficult part of my job as Group Accountant is being constantly introduced to new material. I am learning new things everyday so it can be challenging to keep taking it all on board. It has also taken time to adapt to the new environment as full-time work is very different from full-time university with everyone being 100% professional at all times.
My job seeking advice for other Accounting and Finance students would be to make as many contacts as you can through university, work experience, part-time work, volunteering etc. I heard about the job at Britvic through a contact that I had met from previous work experience. This effectively gave me the chance of a telephone interview which then led to a number of other interviews with different members of the business.
I now feel that I have my foot on the ladder in the employment market and am looking forward to moving up, even though I know it will require a lot of hard work!