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Catherine Kouguem

BA Accounting and Management

Catherine is originally from Cameroon; when she looked for a job here, she was advised that she would need to do a UK qualification:

'My background is in finance and accounting, and I decided that I would like to do a fast-track management course. I saw an advert for Birkbeck at Stratford station in east London and went to an open evening in Bloomsbury and found Birkbeck offered just what I wanted. I was also looking for a University of London qualification, as I wanted to go to a prestigious university – so Birkbeck was ideal. I am now doing my ACCA and hope to be a chartered accountant at the end of my studies.

'All of my previous education was in Cameroon, which is French-speaking. It was a huge challenge for me to study in a foreign country in a different language. And I hadn’t been in a classroom for 10 years. To support my studies I did an English for academic purposes course with Birkbeck, which was a great help.

'Birkbeck also helped me with financial support, as I didn’t have a job. When I enrolled I was advised that, because of my situation, I could get support. I was given a form to fill in and it was as simple as that. My fees were paid for me - which was great because I couldn’t have done it otherwise. When I realised that my fees would be paid it meant I could do the course and achieve my goal. It was all quite straightforward, and I had great advice.

'I am so grateful to Birkbeck for boosting my career at a difficult time in my life. I would definitely recommend Birkbeck. Studying at Birkbeck has shown me it’s never too late to learn something new that can be life changing. I’m only able to do my ACCA now because of the course I did at Birkbeck.'

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