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Kenneth Izevbigie

Kenneth IzevbigieFP&A Analyst, Philips Electronics

BA Accounting & Finance, 2011

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University because it fitted my career plan and the syllabus of my chosen course touched on topics I was interested in learning more about.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I always wanted to study Accounting and Finance but my decision to apply to Middlesex in particular was because I liked the content of the course.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I enjoyed the intensity of the course as it pushed me to my limits and helped me develop. I also enjoyed the diversity of cultures that made up the student population at Middlesex as you get an opportunity to understand different opinions which are culturally driven.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

I really enjoyed staying late with a few other students after our late tax lecture in the 3rd year. The lecture finished at 6pm and we would always stay on after to discuss and debate the best career paths and ways to secure a job after university.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Be very proactive and begin to build your CV and work profile from day one as Middlesex supports it students well in this area so it is worth taking advantage of this.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

The opportunity to get involved in additional activities such as university societies, etc, helped to build my confidence and prepare me for the professional world.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

I chose the Philips Finance Graduate scheme as the company covers three different sectors. The graduate scheme gave me a chance to gain experience in all three. The pro of this is that I have gained insight into various sectors. The drawback is that this means I haven't built expertise in one specific industry area early in my career. This said, I think the pro outweighs the con as it has made me adaptable.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

I was EXTREMELY proactive about communicating with professionals and recruiters in the area I wanted to enter.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

Successfully passing various professional accountancy exams.

What does the future hold for you?

Upon completion of the Finance Graduate Scheme I will work abroad to build my finance experience in different markets.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Be proactive and connect with recruiters, join societies while at university and study hard!

What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Focus on what you want to do and try to find out the best path to get there.

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