Recent graduate Maria Marsh shares her experiences Recent graduate Maria Marsh shares her experiences

Recent graduate Maria Marsh loved her course and valued the careers advice and support UEA gave her. She works for one of the world's largest professional services firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she hopes to become a professional accountant and take advantage of the company's opportunities to work abroad.

Why did you choose to study at UEA?

I wanted to stay relatively close to Norwich, but mostly it was due to how highly the University was rated for mathematics. After visiting the department on an open day, I also liked the feel of the small and friendly mathematics department. The staff were very keen to help, and I felt as though the degree would be useful when looking for a career after I graduated.

Did you enjoy studying maths at UEA?

I loved the course because everyone in the department was happy to answer questions, the lectures were clear and concise, and the course offered a decent level of contact time. The department is relatively small, but this suited me perfectly – I made loads of friends on my course straight away and seminars were always full of insight and interaction.

How much did the Careers Centre support you during your degree?

They were great. They helped me to adapt and improve my CV, the careers library was really useful for researching potential careers, and I had several appointments with the math's specialist who gave me brilliant advice about all the qualification requirements of the careers we discussed. They also ran several events that I attended, where visiting companies like Aviva presented about the sort of opportunities that would be available to me after university.

What job are you doing now?

I now work for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) as a Commercial Assurance Associate, which involves performing audits for large commercial businesses in order to confirm that their financial statements reflect a true view of the company. In the future I hope to become a qualified accountant, and then take advantage of the opportunities that PwC offer to work abroad.

How do you use the skills you learned at UEA in your current role?

The skills I developed during my degree have been invaluable, especially in terms of communication and problem solving. I have been able to progress into roles such as Social Committee Representative for my department due to the confidence that my time at UEA gave me.