'The flexibility of ACCA and the variety of ways to study really appealed to me'
Xiaoyang Zhao - ACCA student, University of Limerick graduate
I graduated with a Masters in Financial Services degree from University of Limerick. I joined Dell as part of the graduate programme in August 2007.
During the course of the 18 months graduate programme, I had two role rotations each for 9 months. My first role was as an Account Analyst in cost accounting team based in Limerick. It was a great opportunity to develop my skills as a professional and train as an accountant.
I moved to Internal Audit for my second rotation. This role has offered me the opportunity to improve my business knowledge. Not only have I worked in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa), I have visited many Dell sites around the world, meeting people and learning culture.
This role was based largely around team work with a huge emphasis on learning different parts of the business within Dell, from sales to accounting, finance to marketing. After completing the graduate programme, I decided to remain with audit and progress my career towards a senior position.
For finance employees Dell operates a rotation programme whereby there are opportunities on site and as well as internationally to change roles. After completing my rotation with Audit I accepted an offer from the EMEA service finance team as a financial advisor, working closely with accounting and operations in terms of EMEA service inventory management control. After considering my options and discussing them with colleagues and peers in terms of continuing my professional studies, I chose ACCA. The flexibility of ACCA and the variety of ways to study really appealed to me. My manager and colleagues in Dell have offered tremendous support and assistance.
Dell also operates a mentoring programme where each ACCA student is paired with a member of the senior financial leadership team who is on hand to offer support and guidance. Dell provides full study support including paid leave and tuition support. Studying and working at same time can be challenging, as it is a big commitment on your personal time. However the rewards from studying with the ACCA have made it worthwhile. I look forward to continuing to developing my skills and my long term career aspirations within Dell.