Accounting Postgraduate Orientation Day
Accounting postgraduate students were given a holistic view of what to expect and what will be expected of them at an academic level this year. They also got to hear from a prospective employer about how acquiring this qualification will open doors for them and enable them to get closer to becoming a Chartered Accountant.
The Orientation Day which was sponsored by EY and held at both the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses, aims to ensure that postgraduate diploma in Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce honours (Accountancy) students are adequately prepared for the hard work their studies will demand of them this year.
The Orientation Day achieves this through various presentations which were made to the students. Presentations covered the course outline, time management, how to approach postgraduate tutorials and the services offered by student support services. The students also got to hear from EY’s Human Resource Manager, Mr Jeremy Beukes about career opportunities. Past postgraduate students Mr Thivesan Govender, Ms Farnaaz Shaikjee and Ms Cheryl Crowie spoke to students about their experiences, how to approach the year ahead and how they are now reaping the benefits of their hard work and perseverance.
Postgraduate Co-ordinators Mrs Patsy Shewell and Professor Philip Stegen had this to say: ‘We have an Orientation Day to introduce the management of the School and lecturers involved in final year, to the students - many of whom are new to UKZN. The Orientation Day comprises of a detailed discussion of the course outline which incorporates the rules for the year including DP requirements and information about what students need to achieve in order to get a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting so they can write the SAICA board exams.’ Students were also given a schedule of lectures, tutorials, workshops tests and exams for the year.
In his inspirational address to the students, Beukes spoke about the importance of planning ahead and excelling in their studies, as employers are looking out for the best students. He went on to add that ‘As a recruiter of postgraduate students, we come to UKZN because we believe in the talent and potential of the students and we have seen huge improvements in the pass rates’. He advised students to work hard and put in the effort which would yield the desired results. ‘The Certificate in the Theory of Accounting is not difficult, but coping with the vast volume of work involved is. Keep your eyes on the prize as there are great opportunities for students,’ he said. Beukes also pointed out that more than half of the KwaZulu-Natal EY intake of trainees for 2015 were from UKZN.