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Smith Chauque

Career Path: Audit Analyst, PWC
Location: Maputo, Mozambique

It wasn’t easy getting this job, it took plenty of preparation and I would be thankful to my Tutor, Teresa Roça, as her classes helped me understand the job market. I wanted to go into this field because I believe there are gaps in the market that could be addressed and being part of the teams involved in this will help me to make an impact. I am very thankful to my tutors and I would say to every other student to work hard. One of the things that helped me was that I would contact the companies directly and I would send them some letters too, that way it would increase my chances as I was networking and asking guidance from the recruiters and often I would seek feedback as well.

What are you doing now?Smith Chaque

I am currently working in Turkey, I have been lucky to use the skills gained at Northumbria to network with others and as a result I was lucky enough to travel to different places.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Firstly, the reputation of the University in my field. Secondly, the city. Thirdly, the number of international students that choose Northumbria and its landmark in different countries.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was great for me, seminars mostly helped me to understand everything that I had doubts on during lectures. Feedback was constructive but when it came to finance I would suggest that the Bloomberg room is used more often.

How connected was your course with industry?

I didn’t have a placement but I had the privilege of securing a job in my field of study.

What was the best thing about your course?

The mixture of lectures and guest speakers.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

The careers help desk is always there for everyone so it is important that students make the most of it.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Research and analytical skills as well as communication and team-work.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Everything. Social events and meeting new people. 

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

I would say take advantage of the facilities and make the best use of your time.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

It was Buzzing.

For more information about me visit:

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