Case Studies

Avril Kolbe - Garden World finance analyst

Company Name: Homebase Trading Finance

Location: Milton Keynes

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Avril Kolbe was awarded the Gold medal for her final ACCA Qualification exams, as she achieved the highest results worldwide for the five Professional level papers. Working now as the Garden World finance analyst with Homebase Trading Finance, Avril is putting this knowledge to good use…

After completing a science degree at the University of Cambridge, Avril chose to study for the ACCA Qualification, adding ‘it is becoming heavily sought after by employers, meaning there are many potential career opportunities following qualification’.

‘ACCA is a qualification that is very highly regarded both in the UK and globally.’ The breadth and depth of the syllabus means that Avril had the flexibility to follow her own strengths, saying ‘there is a choice of papers at the final stage of the exams, enabling you to specialise in areas relevant to your chosen career path’.

As part of the Homebase Trading Finance team, Avril now enjoys a fast-paced, dynamic working environment. ‘The majority of my work is highly reactive, with ad hoc analysis depending on weather conditions, promotions and competitor activity, as well as analysis required to support the Trading team.’

Balancing your career and study can be challenging, but with hard work and commitment, it can be done. Avril advises anyone starting out to ‘possibly volunteer for a short period of time in order to get some experience. Find out what is really involved!’

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