Case Study

Azjargal Tseregjil graduated from MSc Financial Management in 2015.  Here she talks about securing a role as an Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

What role have you secured, and what are you looking forward to?

I will be a part of PwC Assurance team based in Birmingham analysing the clients’ business activities, understanding their business to identify where our high-quality audit can add insight and value. Audit and assurance plays an important role in ensuring the reliability and relevance of business information and in enhancing the overall corporate governance. I am particularly excited that I will be working with clients in Midlands, where many manufacturing companies are based.

What factors do you feel helped you get your current position?

With their rigorous recruitment processes, PwC make sure they hire the best of the best talent. I believe all my previous employments in Japan, Mongolia and the UK, my extracurricular activities, my university education in both Japan and the UK helped me secure a position with one of the most reputable accounting firms in the world. Without a doubt, I wouldn't have been able to make it this far without the support from the Careers and Employability Centre.

How did you secure your job and how did you prepare?

As my degree subject was related, I had been checking PwC’s careers’ website regularly. PwC’s graduate recruitment follows the following processes:

Online application, online psychometric tests (numerical and logical reasoning tests), telephone interview. Once I’ve passed these stages, I was invited for an Assessment Centre which consisted of group exercise, psychometric tests (on paper) and a written exercise where I had to write a business report. After I passed my Assessment Day, I was invited for a final Partner interview where normally senior members of PwC interview the potential candidates.

Each stage was crucial to move on to the next stage. Although, I was very good at Maths/Geometry/Physics etc in school, I found the psychometric tests challenging initially as they are normally time-constraint and there were not many free resources available online to practice. So I bought a package from Assessmentday.co.uk. Practice is very important when it comes to psychometric tests. I also had a mock interview at Careers and Employability Centre and consulted regularly with the employment advisors in Sheffield Business School, Stoddart Building.

How do you think your skills and knowledge gained from your course will help in this role? This can be both specialist skills and key transferable skills

My course at SHU helped me gain specialist knowledge in the finance field, especially in audit and assurance as I chose my elective in this field. Besides, both my course and part-time employment with the university equipped me with vast opportunities in terms of team work in multicultural environment, communication and interpersonal skills, volunteering, time management, critical evaluation and report writing. All these skills and knowledge are indispensable to be successful in any career field in today’s job market. student case study international section

What advice would you give to other students (particularly other international students) looking for opportunities in the workplace?

Being employable is very important to be a competitive workforce in today’s world as companies look for the best and invest in the best. From my job hunt, I understood that being employable means having the right skills, qualification and experience to be successful in the workplace and you have to prove those by your personal examples. (The most sought after skills for many employers are communication, teamwork and time management skills (I assume it depends on the field, however these are the threshold for many employers)). Hence, it is crucial to be active and excellent in both your academic studies and extracurricular activities to prove that you possess the skills and qualification that the employer is looking for. That is why you should start volunteering, engaging in part-time employment and/or being a part of any activity that can help you grow more and develop more skills, apart from your studies.

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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 14:37