CA Student Ben Carvell: Studying by the bright lights of Bristol
We interviewed CA Student Ben Carvell, Senior Audit Associate in Financial Services with KPMG, on his experiences of the school leaver programme and his international plans following qualification.
Why did you choose to go into chartered accountancy?
"I’ve always felt that becoming a CA would give me a good starting point in a career in business and management. I originally intended to go to university and then onto becoming a chartered accountant, but with the school leaver programme, I got to integrate going to university, gaining work experience and becoming a CA all at the same time!
"The opportunities appear to be endless. The CA will open so many doors and will let me find a career that I really enjoy."
What have you enjoyed most about the course?
"Throughout my training contract, I have done some awesome things such as partake in a debate about the pension savings gap at the McLaren technology centre with some of the biggest names in business, and travel to some awesome places (albeit for work).
"What I enjoyed least would have to the busy season where I was ‘sentenced’ to a windowless client meeting room in the basement for days on end!
What are your hopes for the future?
"After qualifying, I hope to go and work for KPMG in Melbourne. The opportunity to travel is too hard to turn down, so I thought I would try my hand at audit out in Australia.
"After that, I want to put my skills to the test as a consultant, particularly around people consulting. My project on Enron's appraisal system highlighted this as an area interest for me."
What is the one piece of advice you’d like to share with other students embarking on the course?
"There is no denying it, the course is tough. Hard work does pay off though and will make your life significantly easier throughout the process. Just remember the light at the end of the tunnel!"
What is the first thing you will do when you become a full ICAS member?
"Aside from celebrating and feeling hugely relieved, I hope to be packing my bags and heading off to Australia!"