Submitted by Rizwana
The wonders of the financial world caused me to gravitate towards a career in accountancy alongside my burning desire to learn. Exposure to the occupation through school career events allowed me to grow a strong regard for it, thus making me want to pursue this degree.
Peculiarly, psychology taught me the importance of money. With the aid of accountants and medics the decision of which treatment is invested into is influenced by the effects of human behaviour. Leading onto the strong link Biology A-level has on Psychology, providing necessary scientific evidence supporting a certain drug or therapy allowed me to learn the importance of making links between cost and outcome is an essential skill of accountancy. French A-level allowed me to carry on a dear hobby, languages! Learning the political and financial system of France has sparked an interest in being able to translate my love for languages into my deep interest in accountancy, as I've considered taking work experience in a firm abroad hopefully.
A myriad of work experiences enabled me to gain a flavour of business life. Isra's vision is to end world poverty, thus my input was to organise and sell stock. My most memorable day was appealing to the younger demographic by reorganising the shop. Directing the shop managers for the day was admittedly slightly nerve-racking, but it had raised my confidence and built links between senior staff and employees. Moreover, working on the shop floor allowed me to be a link between the customers and staff, enabling me to sell products. I was granted the opportunity to host a charity event for Isra; it will consist of a week celebrating diversity through; bake sales, raffles and performances which will be organised by team. Having volunteered to be in charge of finance in order to practise and gain experience I had taken a year to plan, to ensure the success of the event; all profit will be going to charity to help achieve their goal. My father taught me how to create finance plans which aided me heavily. During this process, dealing with conflicting beliefs, opinions and thoughts further developed my interpersonal skills such as confidence and problem-solving as we nearly had to cancel the event due to personal reasons. Nonetheless, my team and I ploughed through and are making sure we will deliver and raise as many funds as we humanly can for this fine cause.
Broadening my opportunities, I had completed work experience in Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust. Shadowing one of the managers, I took part in the company's weekly reviews of patients. Taking advantage, I asked her about the commitment needed for university, revealing the solid nature of university made me fall in love with pursing this degree as I've been taught 'without challenge, there’s no learning'. Every 2-3 months of my sixth form career I've attended sessions of the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare programme and I recently completed the summer school. Gaining immense benefits such as public speaking and meeting new people helped me to tackle my social skills, not only allowing me to build on my knowledge of psychology and mental health but as a person. Accredited by the Royal Society, it further enriched my experience; having gained a Level 2 certificate. This pathway was informative and enriching however, it confirmed my desire to take accountancy as I feel like my abilities are better suited to help people in the financial market rather than medical.
My hobbies consist of baking and languages, especially French. Baking provided me an outlet to channel stress that would accumulate via revision and exams. Taking French as an A2 subject, language never fails to amaze me. I love learning about other cultures and their norms, hence the diversity day I planned. I deem language is a powerful skill that not only is transferable but timeless as the learning will never stop, even native French speakers will always learn and I am no exception.