(Original post by SnikeAE)
Hi, I hope you don't mind me contacting you as I see you joined last year. I have been offered a place on the 2013 Program, to study at Exeter & work in Reading. What I am concerned about is how you cope with going straight from Uni to work at the end of a term, and then vice versa at the start of the next term? Do you find there is enough time during the term at Exeter to get all your coursework done, or are you still doing that whilst you're working?
I know it's an amazing offer, but I am a bit worried about how it works out studying part-time and working. if you could offer any advice, I'd be extremely grateful, please. You can private message me if you would prefer.
Sorry, I haven't been on here for a while.
So, first year you'll go to uni for the first 3 months (specifically Exeter), and then finish before Christmas. At this point you're very much like a normal uni student and will have the holidays to revise for your January exams. (You may have to use a couple of days of your holiday time up but seeing as you can't carry it over it's not an issue). Come January you'll sit your exams and go back to uni. Second term is more bespoke and the lectures are just with the 40 people on your course, so although the term is shorter you get more concentrated time with the people teacher.
Undoubtedly the course is intense and you are expected to be at every lecture and tutorial, some of which will be registered. Equally, you won't have the usual university holiday time, as your annual leave entitlement is the same as everyone else in the firm (5 weeks, with two extra weeks that can be bought).
At first the transition from university to work is tough, but as you'll be joining in the third year of the course Exeter have adapted the workload to fit around the time you have available. You won't have to do university work whilst you're at 'proper' work, other than a bit of reading if you want to stay on the ball.
Another thing I would say that is worth considering are the opportunities that will be available once you have completed the course. At 24 you'll be a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with a degree from a good university and 6 years (on and off) work experience. You are thrown in the deep end but this will give you a major advantage compared to your peers who will have high student debts and are looking for work in a struggling market.
It's not an easy route but it's definitely worth it!
Hope that's helpful