Leah

“The University of Derby is a great place to study a degree. I feel I made great progress, developing many skills which will help me in the future”
Leah Devereux

Studying BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for Leah Devereux – as she prepares to embark on an exciting internship in China.

Leah has seized the chance to spend the summer working in the finance sector in the city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong after completing her degree with Derby Business School.

“It will hopefully be a life-changing experience,” she says. “I am looking forward to expanding the business and finance knowledge I’ve gained at Derby and putting the theory into practice in a working environment.”

Leah also expects that her time in China will provide the ideal preparation for the next stage in her academic career: she aims to return to Derby to take the MSc International Business and Finance.

“My degree has covered a really broad range of topics, from tax and law to economics and investing in financial markets. Now I’m keen to gain a deeper  insight into business on a global level too,” she explains.

For Leah, studying at Derby has been an experience she would thoroughly recommend to any prospective student interested in a business career.

Special praise is reserved for her tutors and lecturers: “They are brilliant at making you think proactively and encouraging you to progress. They are willing to help with any issues you may have. I have always felt that I can talk to them on both a professional and informal level.”

She has also appreciated the challenges of degree-level study, especially on modules covering subjects she had not encountered previously. “The workload has been hard, as it involves more independent study than I had done before, but this turns into the most rewarding part as you know you have done a lot of the work yourself. After putting so much time and effort into my learning, it was satisfying to get my marks back and it made all the independent studying worthwhile.”

Leah has also welcomed the University’s support in broadening her horizons beyond her academic work. “It’s very good at arranging job fairs, promoting volunteering opportunities and helping you to secure work experience,” she enthuses.

She plans to make the most of those opportunities on her return. She hopes to undertake volunteering during her MSc studies and is already planning another overseas internship within the financial sector in India.