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Campus Ambassador: Joseph

A major part of the role is to engage with students from the university through social networks as well as answering direct questions surrounding career opportunities.

Joseph Parikh

Joseph Parikh

ICAEW route: Finance degree

Industry: Campus Ambassador

Location: University of Liverpool, UK

Joseph’s story

Degree: Accounting and Finance

I applied for the campus ambassador role as it would allow me to improve my networking skills with a professional institute, whilst also working with students at other universities. From pursuing a highly accredited ACA degree from university I already had knowledge surrounding the exams but I wanted to gain exposure to how the ACA qualification can boost your employment prospects. 

The majority of the work has been virtual as a result of COVID-19, however I have been able to engage in promotional work, collaborating with student ambassadors as well as ICAEW employees. I have been involved in training events, upskilling and receiving guidance on how to successfully navigate our role.

I have learnt how valuable the ACA qualification is and how it can differentiate you throughout your career. By taking this role I have been able to manage my time more efficiently, through prioritising certain activities. This core skill is transferable in graduate careers as employees will have to manage the ACA qualification whilst also working. Networking skills have also improved through contact with ICAEW, scheduling meetings, and working with the network of other ICAEW ambassadors. 

What are your plans after University? 

I have been offered a job at one of the big 4 firms on an audit graduate scheme, alongside studying the ACA qualification. This training programme will last 3 years to become a chartered accountant. 

I am excited by the prospect of applying the knowledge I have built up and look forward to future opportunities. 

I am also looking to volunteer on the board of ICAEW societies and networking with members. Through becoming a campus ambassador, as well as studying accounting I have a solid foundation to start my career in accountancy.

The role has given me an insight into the qualification that I will be studying towards, as well as enhancing my professional network.

Biggest challenge you faced within the role?

Navigating the virtual environment. Due to COVID-19 it has been more difficult to engage with students at careers fairs and online events. Difficulties have arisen in terms of creating networks with students that haven’t considered the accountancy qualification. 

However, through promotion on social media and working with a university society, members were reached from non-finance-based backgrounds. It is essential reach out to students early on in role and utilise a wide range of promotional tools.

Joseph’s to advice to anyone applying for the role

I would recommend for students to research the ICAEW and gain an understanding of their values and the support they offer to students. Through accessing Careers+ Hub, you will be able to engage with interesting videos, professional articles to give you a competitive advantage over other students applying. 

Also practice mock interview questions in front of a camera and assess the results. This will allow you to become familiar with the types of questions you will be asked at the interview. 

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