Sabeen Ijaz

Course: BSc Accounting and Finance

Year of graduation: 2016

What do you do now? What do you enjoy about what you do?

I am currently working as an Assurance Associate at PwC. I particularly enjoy the fact that since every client is different in its nature and belongs to a different industry, each engagement is unique and requires you to have a questioning mind. Also, it is extremely fascinating to work with famous brands that you’d normally purchase as a consumer and have the opportunity to understand their operations.

Why did you choose to study at the Business School (formerly Cass)?

I chose the Business School due to its popularity amongst employers. Moreover, when I decided to become a Chartered Accountant, I discovered that the BSc Accounting and Finance at the Business School gives the maximum exemptions available upon graduation. Therefore, I opted to study here.

How has the Business School supported you in your career journey, and helped you get to where you are today?

I believe that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve a position at such a prestigious firm had I not been to the Business School. The lecturers bring a wealth of experience from industry and the content they deliver is invaluable. The course does not only equip the students technically but also ensures that they are given an insight to the practical world. As a result of the business and global acumen I developed at the Business School, I was able to get three job offers from top ten accounting firms and it continues to help me excel at work every day!

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I particularly enjoyed the breadth and depth of subjects we studied at the Business School. Our lecturers would often cite recent events in the financial markets and also test our understanding on those which I really enjoyed as it incentivized students to keep up their commercial awareness. The course went over and above the basic technical knowledge and integrated a lot of practically pertinent stuff, giving students a feel of the industry vicariously.

What was the hardest part of your course?

By far the hardest part of the course was balancing course works, midterms, job applications and dissertation in the third year.

Were there any lecturers who particularly inspired you?

Although all of the lecturers were highly competent, there are a few lecturers I looked up to at university and continue to do so till this day. To name a few, Danielle Lyssamachu who taught me the importance of being calm and personable, Stefano De Cesaris and Kenneth Spriss, who respond to my queries still, Aneel keswani, Aneesh Banerjee and Catherine Hall, for the energy they used to bring to the lecture room and last but not the least, David Edelshain (Uncle Dave), for imparting life wisdom that I benefit from every day.

What was your favourite part of being a Business Schools student?

My favourite part of being a Business School student was having access to facilities like online library, professional development service and having the opportunity to be assigned to a mentor to develop employability skills.

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective Business School student, what would it be?

I would say that listen to your lecturers and do as they say because they certainly know the track you need to be on, in order to succeed. Also, whilst you have this luxury of time at university, make sure you go over and above in understanding and studying your subjects, as it becomes really difficult to ascertain the same depth of knowledge whilst you are working full time.

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