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Case Study: Simon Bartram

Personal details
Degree:Modern History and Philosophy (First Class Honours) Profile picture
School(s): School of History, School of Philosophy, Anthropology & Film Studies
Year of Graduation:Jul-2013
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: EY (Ernst and Young)
Job title: Qualified Chartered Accountant
Occupational Sector: Accountancy
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After I graduated I started a training contract to become an accountant at Buzzacott Chartered Accountants in London, specialising in not-for-profit audit. When I qualified in 2016 I moved to EY as an Audit Executive/Senior.
What does your job involve ?
My role involves meeting various different people from various different organisations and providing advice regarding their finance function and reviewing their financial statements for accuracy.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Meeting lots of different people and learning a huge amount about how organisations operate.
Why were you successful?
Successful candidates have an inquisitive mind, a love of numbers, a desire to meet new people, and an ability to solve problems.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
My Modern History and Philosophy degree from St Andrews University gave me the skills to help analyse a problem and communicate a solution with clarity.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
There are many vacancies for Chartered Accountancy training contracts, and once you have your accounting qualification a lot of doors are open to you. The exams are hard work, and sometimes the hours are long, but the end result is very rewarding.