Careers Advice and Information
Read here about the Partnership with Guernsey Career Service
Advice For Students Looking At Accountancy
PwC Channel Island opportunities for A level students: www.pwc.com/jg/en/careers/students/headstart-a-level-school-leavers.jhtml
PwC UK - back ground details on accountancy: www.pwc.com/uk/en/careers/index.jhtml
KPMG simulated audit: www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/CareersService/SkillsSessions--OnlineSkillsSessions--AuditBusinessGameInsight_(7553).aspx?pg=7553
Kent university Accountancy careers page re interviews (worth a detailed look): www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/ivaccountancy.htm#Questions
Top tips for preparation for a Guernsey based interview:
Be able to talk about yourself, hobbies, clubs, sports, studies, A Level subjects, challenges faced, strengths weaknesses, ambitions, where you have challenged, what you are passionate about. If you took part, what skills did you gain from Young Enterprise or D of E. Remember, the more time you talk about yourself the less time for some more challenging and targeted questions!
Be able to talk about ACCA and ACA, the two main qualifications on offer:
• ACA - www.bpp.com/aca/about/
• ACCA - www.bpp.com/acca/what-is-acca/
Local finance industry
Have an awareness of the different sectors of the finance industry, all of whom need both in house accountants and accountancy firms to audit and advise them. See the 5 tabs at the top of this website for a neat summary: www.guernseyfinance.com/
Read the local paper to be aware of current issues.
Current hot topic for interviews is what caused the credit crunch and recession - only need high level awareness, don't memorise it! - see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7521250.stm
- Read a quality newspaper for the week before the interview, as you may occasionally be asked to offer a view on a topic to see how you perform under pressure e.g. UK politicians expenses, Global warming and emissions targets, UK government finances, Afghanistan strategy, pensions crisis, what UK gov't can do regarding flooding e.g. Cumbria, impact due to insurance companies refusing to cover ever larger areas for home insurance, what can be and is being done to try and prevent a repeat of the credit crunch going forward. If you really have no idea on a topic don't be afraid to say so, companies do not want blaggers who don't know when they are out of their depth. So such a questioning route is sometimes used if people appear overly confident.
- Be able to demonstrate an interest in global issues.
Know what you have written on your CV inside out. If you have written about any particular skills, be able to quickly give examples.
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