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Accountancy careers Name Andreti Stroie, Romania
Education Studied Accounting and Finance at
Lancaster University Management School, UK
Role On graduate scheme at
PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK

When Andreti Stroie left Romania to study in the UK, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do for a career. However, his experience on the degree programme, and on his internship in particular, soon persuaded him that working in audit was the right role for him.

"During the degree I realised that I wanted to work in accountancy,' says Stroie. "I managed to get some experience to see exactly what auditing was like. After my second year I applied for an internship and secured one with the Audit Commission working in Cumbria, England.'

His role at the Audit Commission involved audit work on grant claims, performance indicators and end-of-year financial statements, as well as testing controls in a variety of financial systems for the NHS, plus local government audits.

"Audit is quite a challenging area, you have to be really organised, to be able to communicate with clients,' says Stroie. "So the internship helps you to discover whether audit is for you or not and to make the right decision after university.'

Stroie also recommends that students immerse themselves in university life.

"What I found really useful during university was getting involved with student societies,' says Stroie. "For example, I was joint president for Lancaster Bright Futures part of a national student society that builds links between students and employers in industry.'

Stroie's networking and hard work paid off. He got a first degree and a place on the PricewaterhouseCoopers graduate scheme, working in financial audit, core assurance, in PwC's Birmingham office.