Clare Atkinson

"Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University opened a lot of doors for me"
About my career

When I came to Manchester to study the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, I didn't know anyone – a daunting experience for any young person, but one with added challenges when you’re coming to study from outside of the UK. I spent time getting to know my coursemates and housemates. It took some trial and error to balance that with my studies, but you figure it out as you go along. It meant I had to not be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone and learn how to find a study/social-life balance. This is another skill students need to be ready for the working world – you can't learn interpersonal skills from books, but you can certainly develop them during group work and any clubs you may join while at University.

Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University opened a lot of doors for me as companies in Thailand hold UK degrees in high regard. My first job after gradution was as a Consultant in the Enterprise Risk Services Department at Deloitte Thailand. I worked mostly on internal audit projects but also did compliance, business process, SOX and FCPA reviews. Being fluent in both Thai and English meant that I had many opportunities to team up with Deloitte colleagues on engagements around South East Asia, Europe and America.

My top tip for students is…

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there either by contacting companies directly or using your network to get your foot in the door. Let your interviewers know that you are determined.

I’m inspired by…

I found inspiration from my sixth form tutor who while he did not have a clear cut career path planned out when he left school, he followed his passions knowing that working hard, being open and meeting people would lead to carving your own path without you necessarily knowing it.

Why I love Manchester Met

The lecturers were open and available for questions.