MSc Accounting & Finance (Class of 2007)
'I studied BA International Business and French before joining Aston
to study my MSc. I participated in the Erasmus scheme in Poland during
my 4 year degree and it was there that I got hooked on finance and
I did my undergraduate degree in London, I felt that in doing a Masters
degree I needed to go back home and study in a city where I could
breathe; I knew it was going to be very difficult and that I would need
family support. I chose Aston because I read really good reviews about
'Plus it is in the top 2 for Masters courses within the UK and top
13 in Europe. In addition, when I came to the open evening I really
gelled with the lecturers and it felt the right place to be.
'I learnt a lot from the course in regards to fine-tuning my
presentation skills; listening to others; understanding peoples'
different backgrounds and making good use of my abilities. Also, I
learnt a great deal of business knowledge which has helped me in my
current job. For example, how to understand balance sheets, profit and
loss, cash flows, money and capital markets and the like.
'Undertaking a Masters course is very hard, so anyone thinking of
studying one should be prepared mentally! But the experience is so
worth it! I now have a great job, working and living abroad, and I have
adapted very easily because while at Aston I learnt how to work with,
and understand international students’ work ethic and way of life. Plus
the quality of teaching was very high, as all the lecturers have worked
in finance, so they were always up to date with their notes and
'I started my graduate traineeship after I finished my course and
since I started I've already had a 25% pay-rise and I've been posted to
work in one of our offices abroad.
'Having my Masters has helped now that I am in the work place and
gaining experience. My directors are really impressed with the
qualification and mention it regularly to others. I think it will help
even more once I've been here a little longer. In addition I've found
that having an MSc means that people in my workplace don't talk down to
me or treat me like the other 'juniors'. I don't have to do the
'boring' things and I was given responsibility the minute I started.'