Thursday 22 February 2018

'I'd expect €21k, with the hope of doubling it'

NUIG Student and Framer Peter Lee near Headford Co. Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes
NUIG Student and Framer Peter Lee near Headford Co. Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes

Claire McCormack

AFTER crunching his numbers, Peter Lee believes there is a high probability he will secure a job with a top accounting firm when he graduates.

Progressing into his final year in business and commerce at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Peter (22), said his current employability is "pretty good" and is aiming for a 1.1 or 2.1 in his finals.

"My preferences are KPMG, Deloitte and Accenture," said Peter, who would also consider working for Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"There are lots of opportunities in Dublin, if you want to get great exposure it's the place to go," said Peter, from Westport, Mayo.

Growing up on a farm, Peter developed a strong work ethic from an early age and is committed to ticking all the right boxes.

"I'll more than likely do a master's first and I expect to do all the professional exams straight after," said Peter who is interested management further down the line.

In his first year, Peter expects his salary to meet competitive industry standards.

"I expect to be making €21,500 and that my exams worth about €6,000 will be covered too," he said, adding, "I should be getting bunked up near €40,000 soon afterwards," he said, adding that his brothers Robert and Sean are equally as driven.

Another reason for Peter's high prospects is the experience he's attained by adding another year to his degree.

"In the past year I've interned in Abbott Pharmaceuticals in Westport, and I'm just back from a semester at Villanova University in Philadelphia where I studied business and commerce."

"It can be financially heavy but it's great to see how other countries operate and it's something employers definitely look for on CV's."

Although Peter is not bilingual, he believes having a second language is another huge advantage.

"Employers want you to stand out and have something extra, or different, to offer," said Peter, who would consider working abroad for a couple of years.

Looking ahead, Peter said business was the right choice for him and he's not afraid to compete for a position.

Irish Independent

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