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Case Study: Dawid Sawicki

Personal details
Degree:MA (Hons) Economics Profile picture
School(s): School of Economics and Finance
Year of Graduation:Jun-2015
National of: Poland
Employment details
Organisation: Moore Stephens LLP
Job title: Associate
Occupational Sector: Accountancy
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I applied through Moore Stephens Careers Website by filling in an online application and taking a numerical and financial reasoning test. I was then invited to a telephone interview (with HR), an assessment centre (involving tests and a group exercise), and a final interview with a partner in the London office.
What does your job involve ?
As an audit associate, you get exposure to a lot of clients from a variety of industries. In my first year, I have mostly focused on developing my skills in the P&L and Balance Sheet analysis through substantive and controls testing as well as some softer sections of audits, e.g. subsequent events, going concern, laws and regulations, etc. I have also been selected to participate in a secondment to another department, where I helped clients with issuing dividends, redeeming shares and capital reductions.
What are the best bits of your job ?
I do enjoy the variety of the job. I have been working at Moore Stephens for almost a year now and I have worked with companies from a variety of industries - tech, financial services, entertainment, engineering, hotels & hospitality to name a few. Each week is very different, which makes you step outside your comfort zone and to me it is the best learning environment. I am also enjoying studying towards the prestigious ACA qualification and getting to know a lot of people from the industry.
Why were you successful?
I think that it really does not matter what degree you have done in your undergraduate studies as long as you can prove that you are keen to learn new thing, have the ability to understand new concepts quickly and are agile with change. I think that St Andrews prepares you really well for working life, especially when you are trying to balance working towards your degree and your involvement in student activities. As for technical points, I also think that one of the most important things during the interviews is using the STAR format while answering the interviewer's questions!
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Independent thinking, ability to work in a team, analytical skills.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
I definitely do recommend applying to Moore Stephens/similar audit firms. You do work a lot (especially because you have to both work and study towards a professional qualification), but the people are absolutely great and there is a fantastic social life that the firm has to offer (including a great Christmas party and a summer party). I have started with around 30 like-minded individuals from different Universities across the UK and Europe - we work together, study together and celebrate together, which makes up a great working environment.