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I will be studying an integrated masters Chemistry degree with a placement year abroad at Cardiff University. My A level given grades were BBC in Chemistry, Biology and Politics which I believe I was under predicted in but I am still extremely grateful to be offered a place at Cardiff. I've chosen to do a chemistry degree as it's a pretty flexible degree that opens up a wide range of career paths and mostly because I enjoyed Chemistry as subject the most. I'm thinking about going into finance, specifically accountancy as a career and I'm thinking whether it's possible to do that. What preparations do I need? I am going to be going into first year and I want to think about careers as early as possible.
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this should help:
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Hi is this for when students officially graduate? Isn'y it too early for me to look at this or should I be going back to this when I'm in 3rd year since my course is four years long.
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As a former accountant now medic, I personally found accounting dry, boring and lacking creativity. I think you are not yet clear about your career objectives. Sometimes it is better to explore careers during a gap year or arrange a day to observe. The big 4 accounting companies will ask for at least AAB so retaking your A levels may be better than rushing and going to university just for the sake of it. There are also may innovations in chemistry which can be turned into a business idea. You can also try other areas like computer programming and even if you don't go into this area you will have a better idea of how to use knowledge from other areas. artificial intelligence is on the rise and some people say could even replace some accounting functions. Sometimes it is good to take a step back and evaluate possible options. It may be useful to speak to people that know you and they can advise you on possible career choices based on your personality.
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As a former accountant now medic, I personally found accounting dry, boring and lacking creativity. I think you are not yet clear about your career objectives. Sometimes it is better to explore careers during a gap year or arrange a day to observe. The big 4 accounting companies will ask for at least AAB so retaking your A levels may be better than rushing and going to university just for the sake of it. There are also may innovations in chemistry which can be turned into a business idea. You can also try other areas like computer programming and even if you don't go into this area you will have a better idea of how to use knowledge from other areas. artificial intelligence is on the rise and some people say could even replace some accounting functions. Sometimes it is good to take a step back and evaluate possible options. It may be useful to speak to people that know you and they can advise you on possible career choices based on your personality.
Honestly I don't regret choosing chemistry as a degree because I don't really enjoy any other subjects as much as I do with chemistry and I heard most firms don't take re takes which is a shame really because due to circumstances I was under predicted even though my predicted grades were ABB, so I just have to accept my given grades. Not sure if employers will look into the fact that A level results 2020 are basically invalid since no one did the exams but I don't really think they care since they only care about what grades are given on the paper. Would you advice me to speak to the careers at Cardiff about this? I don't really know who the right people is to speak yet since I haven't officially started my course yet.
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Honestly I don't regret choosing chemistry as a degree because I don't really enjoy any other subjects as much as I do with chemistry and I heard most firms don't take re takes which is a shame really because due to circumstances I was under predicted even though my predicted grades were ABB, so I just have to accept my given grades. Not sure if employers will look into the fact that A level results 2020 are basically invalid since no one did the exams but I don't really think they care since they only care about what grades are given on the paper. Would you advice me to speak to the careers at Cardiff about this? I don't really know who the right people is to speak yet since I haven't officially started my course yet.
Most firms do not really ask about retakes unless they are top firms. If you were going to retake your exams than it would be sensible to retake them all in the same year rather than have exam results in different years as this is what causes problems. The key question is whether your grades would actually improve. Even if they did ask you could blame the pandemic and extenuating circumstances are allowed. If your grades would not improve then there is no point in spending an extra year. With the trajectory of the current pandemic uncertain who knows whether future grades could be predicted as well.

The best careers advisor will be at your local A level college. Universities are a business and sometimes may tell you what you want to hear. However, there is no harm in speaking to the careers advisor at cardiff and maybe one of the chemistry professors to find out about opportunities in the chemistry field and the employment prospects of previous graduates. Some accounting firms allow people to apply after a level so you do an apprenticeship rather than going to uni.
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and...pprenticeships

I would also do some research about the quality of the chemistry course at cardiff. you may find answers on student room or elsewhere on the internet. Even if you study chemistry it would be useful to learn some skills that may make it easier if you wish to transition to business in the future. You could learn a bit of accounting, read a bit of finance and maybe learn excel. a programming language like Python. There are lots of youtube tutorials and books out there and look for books on Python for finance. Financial firms have many departments so it is up to you to decide which area you want to specialise.

Lastly, whatever you study aim for a first class. The problem with integrated masters is people may decide halfway through that they want to do something else. It is better to find out if they will give you Bsc if you decide not to do a masters. In the uk you only get government funding for one masters degree so if you decide to do another masters in another subject there will be no there no funding apart from some other uni or external scholarships which are harder to obtain.
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You should be completely fine. A close friend from uni is now in accounting having graduated from a degree in Arabic and French. :hat2:
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Most firms do not really ask about retakes unless they are top firms. If you were going to retake your exams than it would be sensible to retake them all in the same year rather than have exam results in different years as this is what causes problems. The key question is whether your grades would actually improve. Even if they did ask you could blame the pandemic and extenuating circumstances are allowed. If your grades would not improve then there is no point in spending an extra year. With the trajectory of the current pandemic uncertain who knows whether future grades could be predicted as well.

The best careers advisor will be at your local A level college. Universities are a business and sometimes may tell you what you want to hear. However, there is no harm in speaking to the careers advisor at cardiff and maybe one of the chemistry professors to find out about opportunities in the chemistry field and the employment prospects of previous graduates. Some accounting firms allow people to apply after a level so you do an apprenticeship rather than going to uni.
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and...pprenticeships

I would also do some research about the quality of the chemistry course at cardiff. you may find answers on student room or elsewhere on the internet. Even if you study chemistry it would be useful to learn some skills that may make it easier if you wish to transition to business in the future. You could learn a bit of accounting, read a bit of finance and maybe learn excel. a programming language like Python. There are lots of youtube tutorials and books out there and look for books on Python for finance. Financial firms have many departments so it is up to you to decide which area you want to specialise.

Lastly, whatever you study aim for a first class. The problem with integrated masters is people may decide halfway through that they want to do something else. It is better to find out if they will give you Bsc if you decide not to do a masters. In the uk you only get government funding for one masters degree so if you decide to do another masters in another subject there will be no there no funding apart from some other uni or external scholarships which are harder to obtain.
I see thank you very much for the detailed answer, I really appreciate it. Now deeply thinking about it, because how uncertain I am with the future, I do think it's best to switch to a Bsc. But I've already enrolled online and changed from a Bsc to MChem integrated masters before I enrolled and I'm not sure whether they would let me switch it back now 😭😭😭 I should have done more research before I did it but do you reckon they would still let me change? Even though I've enrolled online already?
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I see thank you very much for the detailed answer, I really appreciate it. Now deeply thinking about it, because how uncertain I am with the future, I do think it's best to switch to a Bsc. But I've already enrolled online and changed from a Bsc to MChem integrated masters before I enrolled and I'm not sure whether they would let me switch it back now 😭😭😭 I should have done more research before I did it but do you reckon they would still let me change? Even though I've enrolled online already?
Yes they should still let you change but you will probably have to call on the phone as it may be difficult to change online. You should do some research on the difference in the curriculum/modules between Bsc and masters. With the current pandemic it would be useful to know whether the number of practical lab classes have been reduced as this will result in less experience. This should be available on the website or you can ask the department for more information if it is not available. I think you need to be more flexible about the future and realise just because you sign up for something does not mean you need to continue doing it if it is not working well for you, whether be it a degree or job. Some people change courses at university in the first week/month/year. Some people never finish their course. Getting a placement whilst at university would be useful as well in order to get some practical experience. The most precious thing in life is time and it is up to you to decide what you want to make of it. .
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