Andreea AmarieiEconomics with Accounting BSc (Hons)
"City University offers students many rewarding opportunities such as becoming a City Buddy whereby one can help first years with first year issues"
What has been your greatest experience at City so far?
One of the best things about City is the many opportunities students are provided with. For instance, I found becoming a City Buddy to be very rewarding, as I could provide help for first year students with any issues they had. Also, I applied for the Mentoring Scheme and was paired up with an amazing mentor from a field similar to my degree. This is a great way to make yourself more employable by being guided by highly-skilled people. In addition, there is an excellent mix of cultures and backgrounds at City University, which made me feel very welcome when I first arrived.
What is your dream job once you graduate?
I think my dream job would be management consulting. I think this because I would be required to work with a variety of people, accompanied with specific and unique challenges for each individual. I find that a dynamic environment, such as this one, is necessary for me to thrive and develop, as the constantly changing requirements makes the position less repetitive, and thus, more fulfilling. Given the choice, I feel I would be suited for work in a small firm too. I prefer to get to know all my colleagues, and feel this homogeneity aids efficiency and progress, whilst keeping the more personable aspects of the job that appeal to me.
What appeals to you most about this profession?
As a consultant you may have to travel to the client's office. I don’t see this as a negative at all, in fact, I rather enjoy the idea of travelling. Not only will I have an opportunity to visit a wide range of locales, but I will also broaden my network of contacts and clients. Furthermore, the diversity of my clients will allow me to explore other cultures whilst I work too.
What kind of qualities do you think you will need to succeed in this role?
You have to be a well-rounded person. Clearly, a strong work ethic is a plus, but being good at academics is not enough.You also have to know how to handle challenging people and how to organise yourself. Indeed, there will almost certainly be times where an empathetic approach will help retain client relationships, and keep business.
How has City helped you towards achieving this goal?
What really made a difference to me were the career and networking events held at City. I had the opportunity to talk to many employees from different companies and gained an insight into their business. This made it easier for me to decide what path to follow after University. Also, the modules studied had a tangible effect on my work during assessments for internship positions. I was more confident in analysing financial data and reaching accurate conclusions based on said figures. Throughout this application process, the Careers Service provided me with CV and Cover Letter advice. In addition, they gave me interview tips, which helped me avoid being too nervous during interviews.
What are your hopes for a future career?
Ultimately, I want to enjoy what I will be doing, whilst fully utilising my potential. After a period of working as a consultant, an executive position within a company would be the ideal, as soon as I have the necessary experience.