Accounting Postgraduate Students Benefit from Orientation Day Event
A prospective employer told Accounting postgraduate students the skills they acquired from their qualification would play a major role in their development into sought after graduates.
During an address to more than 180 students who attended the Orientation Day function hosted by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Ernest and Young’s Human Resource Manager, Mr Jeremy Beukes, informed the students about the benefit and competitive edge a postgraduate qualification gave them over their peers.
‘The reason we come to campus and sponsor some of the initiatives in accounting is because we need you and your talent. Eighty percent of honours students signed to Ernest and Young in 2013, passed honours last year and have joined our Durban offices this year - we know that people who do their honours are hard workers and we believe in them and this University,’ said Beukes.
To ensure that students had a holistic view of the year ahead, academics from the School went through the basics including the course outline, time management, how to approach postgraduate tutorials and student support services.
Academic Leader Managerial Accounting and Finance, Ms Patricia Shewell, advised students that embarking on postgraduate studies was a difficult transition but they had to remember that they were not alone as academics were always willing to assist them.
‘We know that this is new to you, that is why we are here to help you cope with the demanding work volume. We spend a lot of time in meetings trying to come up with ways to do things differently but you won’t benefit from the progress and changes we are making if you do not attend lectures and tutorials.’
Professor Nicholas Wood spoke on how the qualification was designed to equip learners with the tools to help them succeed when they write their SAICA qualifying exam to become a Chartered Accountant (CA).
The event was also attended by a past postgraduate student Mr Kyle Mohan who decided to pursue postgraduate studies and is now reaping the benefits and Ms Aliya Vaid from Student Support Services who informed the students about the Colleges support structures.
- Thandiwe Jumo