Sarah Liddell is a BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance student on the Network75 scheme.
Network75 is a combined work and study route to a degree. Undergraduates apply their academic knowledge to real-life work within a host company. During term-time, Network75 students work in a local business three days per week and attend university two days per week. Network75 Students also work full-time at their host company throughout holiday periods.
"The best thing about working and studying through Network75 is the chance to gain a degree whilst getting relevant work experience, all debt free. Also, there’s a real chance of getting a job with the host company at the end of the course.
I have enjoyed applying the knowledge learnt in University to the practical work I am doing with Atradius, my host company. For example, I have applied the knowledge learnt within Financial Reporting to my practical work in preparing monthly prepayments and accruals, and completing the monthly bank reconciliations.
The Advanced ECDL Excel course I took in University has enabled me to simplify spreadsheets to assist with the preparation of my daily work. And similarly, completing coursework assignments has given me the confidence to prepare reports for my work colleagues.
Presently, I am working in the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable department. But I have also worked in intercompany transactions and Controllership where I was responsible for bank reconciliations, preparation of the monthly VAT return and balance sheet reconciliations.
Working in different departments is giving me a complete understanding of the finance function and how each department contributes to the overall picture. This means I can make an informed decision about which areas I would like to specialise in.
After gaining my degree, I would like to obtain the ACCA qualification to become a fully qualified chartered accountant, hopefully with the support of my present host company."