Mark Desai graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History in 2014. He is now working as a Trainee Chartered Accountant.
How did studying at the University help prepare you for your career?
“My degree helped me to develop many important skills required for post-university life including: initiative, commitment and communication skills. Going on a study tour and a three week archaeological excavation also provided excellent topics to talk about in graduate job interviews.
“The University allowed first year students to study modules outside their main disciplines which help to broaden your horizons - I took two modules in economics which I enjoyed and this helped to develop my interest in accountancy as a career.”
What support did you get at Birmingham in getting to where you are now?
“I found the job advert for my current employer on the internship and graduate recruitment page, so the Careers Network was a huge help in landing me the job! Their staff were extremely useful in providing mock interviews, advice on the graduate recruitment process and looking over my CV.”
What is your favourite memory from your time at Birmingham?
“My favourite memory of studying at Birmingham would have to be the amazing study tour to Tunisia I went on in 2013. We planned the two week trip ourselves and visited many amazing Roman and Phoenician sites in Tunisia. My organisation, independence, and interpersonal skills were greatly developed It was a fantastic experience to independently conduct historical research in such a fascinating and hot country with my friends!”
What advice would you give current students?
“Start thinking about possible jobs from your second year, and then start to apply for positions from the beginning of third year. Don’t leave everything until you graduate! Also make use of the careers service for the College of Arts and Law as they can give useful guidance on the CVs, interviews and assessment centres.”