Students and professionals gathered yesterday to attend the ﬁrst in a series of events that will be hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The lecture titled, “The Right Choice for a Global Career” was unwrapped by Sarah Moore-Williams, Director of ACCA Programme.
“LSBU and the ACCA have worked together to maintain the outermost standard available to any accounting student and will continue our partnership to better the student experience throughout the course. The programme at LSBU is backed by the ACCA seal of approval. Our accountancy course is delivered along with an employability programme which is at the core of our education and it is that student diversity at LSBU which provides the university with a distinct advantage to shape its students into world class accountants”
Linda Hanson of the ACCA chaired the event and expressed the importance of students being able to realise the importance of professional qualiﬁcations and the collaborative work between LSBU and the ACCA. The Institute had long ago granted LSBU maximum exemptions for its degree course and will continue to support the quality education delivered under Sarah Moore-Williams.
Sitting on the panel was Angelina Gyakye, Assistant Management Accountant and LSBU graduate, Carlison Morris, Managing Director of Compliant, Edmund Yu Director of Career Interactive and Atul Sharama, Partner at GKP Partnership.
Carlison Morris emphasised the importance of adding value to an employer and how one could demonstrate this skill by understanding what a business really needs from its employees.
“I am ready to offer an internship to anyone who is willing to learn, dedicate time and will provide my business an advantage”.
Edmund Yu of Career Interactive delivered his expertise in international student employability and assistance in plugging the hole where there is a knowledge gap of what students are permitted and not permitted do within ethical and legal routes available to them.
Finally amongst the panellists a very experienced Atul Sharama of GKP presented his know-how as an example to attendees, his world travel and the effectiveness of being able to communicate in more than one language.
Atul had previously worked with 3 out of the top 4 largest accountancy ﬁrms – being responsible for their set up in various locations around the globe; abetted by his ability to speak various languages.
Atul continued his speech:
“GKP has always taken an active role in trainee development and we are keen to continue supporting this ethos as we become more aware of the added beneﬁts interns and newly graduates can bring to the table.”
However, Atul did exercise caution that the route to becoming a member of the ACCA involves dedication, ethics and high doses of motivation.
The lecture concluded with good networking opportunity for students to meet employers.