A lot of the things that we studied coming into my everyday tasks as an auditor.

Tatyana Kiryakova, Bulgaria
Institution:RSM - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Program:MScBA Accounting & Financial Management

How did you get to the RSM?

I came to the Netherlands six years ago for my bachelor degree in International Business and Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. After that I did a premaster at RSM, followed by a master degree in Accounting & Financial Management (MSc AFM). In September 2014 I started my professional career as a trainee at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a global professional services firm.

Why did you decide for the MScBA Accounting & Financial Management

My bachelor degree gave me the opportunity to encounter different aspects from those in the business environment. During those four years I developed a strong interest in accounting and that’s why I decided to start the MScAFM. At that point I did not yet know exactly what I wanted to do or where. I attended a workshop with the "big four" international accounting companies, organised by the RSM students’ study association (STAR). We were introduced to the world of auditing through doing real life cases. I really enjoyed it and found it quite interesting; I decided I would like to work for one of these companies as an auditor.

What di you like the most?

The job as an auditor really does require social skills. You often change teams and clients and you need to get along with everyone. I think that my extracurricular activities at RSM – such as being the master ambassador for my programme and being on the city trip committee of the international interdisciplinary student association ESN gave me a solid advantage. Moreover, the fact that I am an international student also had a positive effect. PwC believes that it is people with varied backgrounds that make a company successful.

How did you profit from RSM retrospectively?

After I decided that I would like to start my professional career in auditing, I chose electives which were required for the auditing track. The subjects we covered during my programme gave me a good knowledge of what auditing is, of auditors' role is in society and of course the theory behind what they do. I see a lot of the things that we studied coming into my everyday tasks, and into the communications with my job coaches and managers.

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