Second chance for student Sophie at Staffs

“If you’d asked me four years ago what I’d be doing now, I would have said that I would still be working in Boots. I never, ever thought that I’d be graduating!”

Sophie Webb, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

When she didn't settle in at her first university Sophie gave up hope of completing a degree, but after finding support through Staffordshire University she has graduated with first class honours and secured a top graduate job.

Sophie Webb, 25 from Kingston Upon Thames, explained: “I went to university before, when I initially left sixth form, and I just didn’t settle in. I absolutely hated it and left after the first semester.”

Sophie decided that university wasn't for her and spent the next two years working at Boots. However when she visited a friend at Staffordshire University she fell in love with the area and decided to give studying another chance.

Sophie said: "Coming to Staffs was a completely different experience. From day one I had complete supports from all my lecturers, and living in halls was such an easy way to settle in.”

Pursuing her fondness for figures, Sophie studied BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and has graduated with a first class honours degree. She has secured a place on a graduate scheme with RSM, previously known as Baker Tilley, working in the private client tax team and will complete further professional qualifications alongside the role.

“If you’d asked me four years ago what I’d be doing now, I would have said that I would still be working in Boots. I never, ever thought that I’d be graduating!”

“Having all the support from the lecturers was amazing and I’m 100% sure that’s why I got the grade that I did. Plus the courses covers absolutely everything - a bit of tax, financial accounting, management accounting, audit - so I feel that going into my graduate scheme I’m completely covered to work with all departments of the business.”
Sophie hopes her experience will encourage others not to give up on pursing their dream career and to take the time to find the right university.

“At the end of the day you’ve only got one shot at life so you might as well do something that makes you happy.” she commented.

“I never thought I’d be standing here graduating with a first and that’s thanks to the support of my tutors. It was just finding the right university for me that worked best."

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