Student's placement with accountancy global leader

Privilege Saungweme

3 November 2014

An Aston student who joined of the world’s biggest professional services firms for her placement year has praised the University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme for helping her secure the job.

Privilege Saungweme has joined Deloitte, one of the ‘Big Four’ professional firms that offer integrated services in Audit, Tax, Consulting and Cooperate Finance, in September.

The Accounting for Management undergraduate is based at the firms Brindley Place offices in Birmingham, working within corporate tax. Privilege explained that the experience she gained on the Aston’s Professional Mentoring scheme helped her to gain valuable knowledge and understanding which helped secure her placement.

The Professional Mentoring Scheme, run by Aston Business School, matches business professionals 'mentors' with students to help them learn about industry and prepare for their placement year. Privilege was matched with Andrew Castledine, the Internal Audit Manager for Chiltern Railways.

She said: “I would highly recommend to all Aston students to take the opportunity to join the Professional Mentoring Scheme. My professional mentor really did help provide me with a wealth of accounts experience and advice. It was a fantastic opportunity and is one not to miss out on.”

Privilege arrived in the UK at the age of 10 from Zimbabwe. During her A-levels, she joined the Career Academy scheme, a national widening participation initiative, which offers both internships and workshops. Out of 1200 students taking part in the scheme, Privilege was one of only two national winners to be awarded ‘Most Progressive Student’. Her prize included a free two week trip to the US and also funding for university.

Privilege, who is in her third year, also highlighted Aston’s placement year opportunity as being pivotal to joining the University.

In future, Privilege hopes to secure a graduate role with Deloitte specialising in the field of taxation.


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