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My ACA experience: Nikoletta

Nikoletta joined PwC as a graduate trainee and, after winning numerous awards for her ACA exam results, is now leading an audit team. She enjoys working with senior executives from client businesses and getting to tackle new challenges every day.

Nikoletta Neofytou

Nikoletta Neofytou Assistant Manager, PWC

ICAEW route: Finance degree

Industry: Audit and assurance

Location: Cyprus, Nicosia

Nikoletta's story...

I always liked accounting and during my university studies I became aware of the ACA qualification.

I felt that it was a qualification that could help broaden my knowledge and provide me with the necessary tools I needed to succeed in my chosen profession.

My perception of chartered accounting was that it is a worthwhile and prestigious qualification to have, a perception which remains unchanged.

As an auditor I spend most of my work days at the client premises where I collect evidence to ensure the true and fair presentation of financial statements. 

On a typical working day at the office, I start by reading my emails to prioritise my work. I organise my team by delegating tasks and have meetings with my managers to update them on the progress of ongoing audits. I then follow up on any outstanding matters.

My favourite part of the job, is that I work closely with top executives from various local and international corporations and that on a daily basis I have to deal with challenging tasks.

The most important skill I have developed during my ACA training was critical thinking.

My ACA training enhanced my confidence and helped develop my team leading skills and ICAEW’s website provided a constant support.

The best part about training in my home country was the support from my family and friends.

The highlights of my career so far were the days I received awards for my ACA exam results.

I was awarded first place for my Financial Accounting exam, as well as the Spicer and Pegler Prize.

I then received joint fifth place on the Professional Stage Annual order of merit and the Casselton Elliot Prize. I won first place for my Business Reporting exam and the Quilter Prize.

My university experience was very different from the ACA training.

That is mainly due to the first being a pure academic degree and the second a professional qualification which deals with practical application of knowledge and real life scenarios. 

I would advise new students of the ACA to enjoy the experience from their training as it is unique. 

My top tips for exam success is to really concentrate during lectures and have well-organised notes. Also, follow the instructors advice as they have the knowledge and expertise to help you pass.

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