“You meet people from all over the world, and because a lot of the courses involve group work, you get to find out how people do things in different countries.”
BSc Accounting and Finance with Industrial Experience
Since coming to Exeter from China, Chang has immersed herself in University life and local culture, and has taken up many of the opportunities available through the Business School.
“I started off on the Foundation programme INTO Exeter, as I had not completed A Levels in the UK. It offered all the fundamental courses leading to my subject degree, and also gave me the opportunity to gain useful skills such as how to write academic essays and how to make use of the University’s facilities. I also had time to get to know what life is like here and I knew that I had made the right choice to complete my undergraduate degree at the Business School.
Exeter as a city is a brilliant environment for study – it’s small but it has everything you need, plus you have the beautiful South-west countryside on your doorstep. The University is also renowned internationally and has received many recognitions in recent years.
One of the things I like most is the dynamic composition of students. You meet people from all over the world, and because a lot of the courses involve group work, you get to find out how people do things in different countries, as well as seeing different learning styles, which is very useful. Plus you never know the potential of your classmates today – they could be global business leaders in the future.
The Accounting and Finance degree structure gives you a solid grounding in accounting, but it is also flexible if you want to have a taste of other subject areas. Personally, I have chosen to study several management modules in my final year because my long-term career goal is to go into a management role.
Another great benefit of my course has been the chance to undertake an industrial placement. I worked with a small accounting firm and was mainly responsible for preparing financial accounts and tax returns, as well as handling administrative tasks. The most beneficial aspects of working with a smaller firm was the wide variety of tasks involved, and the substantial amount of insights gained into entrepreneurship and the management of small enterprises.
As for other activities, if you arrange your free time well, there’s a lot to participate in, such as societies, sports and volunteering opportunities. I myself have got involved in a community garden on campus, where I have enjoyed mixing with professors and lecturers from other subjects.
I was also lucky to attend the Institute of Directors Annual Convention in London in 2014, thanks to a generous donation of tickets from an Exeter alumna. I had the opportunity to listen to inspirational speakers from all over the world and learned more about corporate social responsibilities for businesses, something I am very interested in, having studied it in several of my modules.”