'Valuable placements' help MBA student secure role with Big Four accounting firm

A Chinese postgraduate student has thanked De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) for equipping him with the skills to secure a job at one of the world's biggest accountancy firms.

Sean Shunkang Wang, who is awaiting the result of his Master of Business Administration MBA (Global)  dissertation, has already used what he learned at DMU to secure a role at audit, consulting, financial advisory and tax giants Deloitte.

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The 27-year-old started his new job as an auditor at Deloitte's Beijing headquarters last month after successfully completing a new-hire training programme.

Sean came to DMU last year after gaining a degree in electrical engineering at Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China, and a master's degree in a similar subject at Nottingham University.

He has praised DMU's Global MBA course and its tutors, saying it played an important role in enabling him to land a position with such a large company as Deloitte, one of the so-called Big Four accountancy firms.

Sean, who lives in Beijing, said: "DMU helped me by shaping my awareness of how to get a job and to build up great skills to fit in with great companies. We all got the skills we needed during class and I learned how to co-operate in teams, how to present myself properly and how to correct my errors in my homework.

"DMU helped me step-by-step and they not only focused on theory, discussion and learning but also on providing various opportunities which fit in with the real business world."

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The support, advice and guidance provided by DMU's careers service was of particular benefit to Sean, who credited schemes such as the Frontrunners internship programme and the volunteering opportunities afforded through DMU Square Mile.

He pointed to the valuable work placements he was able to undertake, with Sean gaining crucial experience with another of the 'Big Four' companies, PwC, and at DMU's Confucius Institute.

Sean explained: "The careers centre found out that I was lacking in work experience and I immediately found out there were amazing programmes like Frontrunners with a lot of job opportunities, one-to-one tutor programmes and so on. These are so important, especially for postgraduates, as most big companies would only have placement opportunities for undergraduates."

Sean is now hoping to upgrade to A2 level as an auditor and in the next five years would like to pass his Certified Public Accountant qualification, with a view to becoming an audit manager.

As for prospective Chinese students, Sean was more than happy to recommend DMU to his compatriots, saying: "DMU is dedicated and professional. All the staff from DMU, from professors in class to those in the careers service, everyone is trying their best to promote students' ability.

"DMU will help you find your direction and enhance your skills to clear the barriers in your way."

Posted on Friday 17th February 2017

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