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My ACA expereince: Vashish

After graduating with a first-class finance degree from the University of Kent, Vashish wanted to complete the ACA and learned that he could do so in his native Mauritius. He secured a training agreement with Grant Thornton and now works supporting audits of clients from a wide variety of industries, including hospitality. He advises university students to get involved in extracurricular activities to stand out when applying for training agreements.

Vashish Bucktowonsing

Vashish Bucktowonsing Audit Associate, Grant Thornton Mauritius

ICAEW route: Graduate

Industry: Various, Pharmaceuticals

Location: Mauritius, Ebène

Vashish's story...

I have always been attracted to the world of accountancy. I remember initially becoming really interested in chartered accountancy when I was applying to university and thinking about my career options.

After growing up in Mauritius my whole life, I decided to move to the UK to study my degree and experience a new challenge. I studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Kent and was really proud to be awarded a First Class Honours degree.

Due to my interest in chartered accountancy I was attracted to the ACA qualification because of its prestige, respectability and opportunity to work overseas.

While studying in the UK, I looked at ICAEW’s website and became aware of the opportunities available to train in my home country Mauritius. I found this really exciting as I always wanted to return home to work but I didn’t realise I could train there.

After researching and applying to firms offering ACA training agreements, I was successful with Grant Thornton Mauritius.

Currently, I’m an Audit Associate at Grant Thornton Mauritius where I assist colleagues in the audit process of local and offshore clients. The great thing about my job is its variety; one day I will be in the office and the next I could be sat on-site at a client’s premises.

In my role so far I have had the opportunity to work with a range of firms specialising in different industries, including: pharmaceutical, textile and hospitality.

It was a real challenge to adapt to and learn each new client, but I received great support from my colleagues and manager. I feel I have gained more confidence in my own abilities and I’ve developed a sharper and more questioning mind.

A key highlight was being sent to one of our clients to assist in an audit on my very first day. This put pressure on me straight away, however, it quickly built my confidence as I was given responsibility from day one.

I have really enjoyed training in Mauritius because of all the support I have received from my family and friends. I have also developed really good relationships with work colleagues while playing football with them on a weekly basis.

The ACA has taught me a great deal. It has considerably deepened my knowledge and understanding of the accountancy, finance and business world, and developed my personal and professional skills.

In my experience, being involved in sports clubs and societies while at university provided me with the skills and experiences that I was able to draw upon during the application process. This was especially useful during the interview stage when I had the opportunity to demonstrate how my skills were transferable to the job role.

My advice to other students interested in the chartered accountancy is to join as many clubs, societies or team sports as possible outside of your university studies. A combination of these experiences and skills along with your academic grades will stand you in good stead during the recruitment process.

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