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Maria Chiara De Vito

Accounting and Finance
Maria Chiara De Vito from Italy studies BSc Accounting and Finance

Maria is a 2nd year BSc Accounting & Finance student. She chose to study at Cass Business School because it’s located in the best city in the world.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

I chose to study at Cass Business School and City, University of London because it’s located in the best city in the world. The lecturers are amazing and really supportive. What I also love about City is that you meet a range of people from different countries and cultures and there is so much opportunity to get involved. I really can’t think of a better place to study!

What do you enjoy most about your course?

My course combines both practical and theoretical activities. It has required a lot of group work, which has helped develop my ability to handle different personalities and attitudes. Team work is essential in life, so I am sure this will help me in the future.

What has been your favorite module and why?

I have enjoyed many different modules so far, especially introductory financial accounting. In first year, we learned the basis of accounting which is developed in the following years. This is essential in order to be well-prepared for the business world, even if in the future we will not practice as accountants. I learned that accounting is not just about numbers but also about analyzing and understanding a business as a whole and its performance. There is no perfect rule to apply in this sense, and this requires a lot of critical thinking.

I also liked financial institutions, which gave me a deeper insight into the world of financial markets and thanks to it I gained a better knowledge about how stock exchanges work and about trading in general.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

Accounting and finance, unlike other courses, gives a broader preparation: unlike other courses in my first year, I was able to study business law and in the second term I learned more about coding with VBA. Teachers and staff in general are helpful and enthusiastic about what they teach. I have never felt lost and I have always felt a lot of support from the university staff.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

My course provides solid preparation and background for work in various sectors. In the long term future I see myself as a consultant, although I’m considering investment banking as an option too. Once I graduate from City, I would like to get some work experience first and then do a Masters degree to strengthen my educational background.