College graduate falls on her feet

Head for figures: Joanna Loi pictured at the graduation ceremony held at Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom. Picture: Submitted
Head for figures: Joanna Loi pictured at the graduation ceremony held at Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom. Picture: Submitted

Inverurie student, Joanna Loi (20), graduated from the Aberdeen College at an Awards ceremony held at the Beach Ballroom on Monday 12th November 2012. Joanna has always had a head for figures and knew after completing her sixth year at Inverurie Academy that she wanted to pursue a career in accountancy. She applied for both university and college and after missing out on university by just one grade, came to College to study HND Accounting.

Joanna said: “I was more than happy about coming to college as I knew I would be able to go onto university eventually by taking advantage of the progression opportunities that I’d read about in the College Ultimate Guide. My plan was to complete my HND then go onto either The Robert Gordon University or The University of Aberdeen to attain my degree. However, things didn’t quite figure out as I’d planned!”

Having thoroughly enjoyed her college experience, Joanna decided to find out how her employment prospects looked in the local jobs market. She explained: “Near to the end of my course I updated my CV and began applying for accountancy positions. Within a few weeks I was offered jobs at two different oil service companies!”

Immediately after finishing College, Joanna began work with Maersk Drilling as an Accounts Assistant and is relishing her new challenge. Joanna said, “Right now I’m still completing my probationary period, but my employers have said that they will be willing to fund my professional development by paying for me to complete either the ACCA or CIMA professional exams, which is absolutely brilliant!”

Continuing, she said: “Things really have worked out for the best for me. Not only have I achieved my HND, I am earning money, have a job I love and the opportunity to progress further in my accountancy career.”