Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) graduate Julia Lista shares her university experience with us.
Can you tell us a bit about your educational background, and what led you to choose London Met?
I left school with GCSE's only. I did a commercial skills course and went straight to work, at 18, as a personal assistant. I always felt that I could have done much better and, always having had an interest in accounting, decided to go back to education and do a degree. I chose London Met as I had previously started a silversmithing course at London Met's School of art, Architecture and Design – which wasn't for me. I thought London Met had the best facilities and also was easy to get to as I already live in London.
Did you start your course in January? If so, can you tell us a bit more about your decision and how the joining experience was?
I started my course in January, the joining process went smoothly and I had an induction week where I met my fellow students and got to know the campus.
What made accounting and finance an especially valuable degree?
The Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) degree at London Met gives you exemptions to the professional qualifications such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The highlight of the course, for me, was the taxation module which I found extremely interesting and invaluable. It has also opened doors to me in the accounting world – before the degree I found it impossible to get any interviews. Before starting the course I had taken some time out of work to raise my children, I decided I wanted to go back to work but it was very difficult to get the job I wanted without doing the degree. Since completing the course I have been able to secure interviews and a job as an accounting bookkeeper. I am hoping to gain enough experience to open up my own accountancy practice.
What were the lecturers and facilities like?
The lecturers were excellent – their knowledge was second to none. I was so surprised about the level of help for the preparation of exams – I don't think you would find that at most universities. The facilities were also really good – the Bloomberg terminals are especially helpful.
Were you a mature student? If so, can you tell us more about how you've found things here?
I am a mature student. I was worried that all students would be school leavers; however there were many mature students. I think that London Met may be one of the best universities for mature students.
Any advice for new students?
My advice to new students is to put in as many hours as possible to self-study. Go over the lectures, the notes, everything, until you have a thorough understanding of your subject. If you don't understand something, don't be shy to ask the lecturer – that's what they are there for.