Young UFH postgrad graduand lands dream job as an audit trainee candidate at Deloitte in London

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With a University of Fort Hare (UFH) BCom in Accounting degree under her belt and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting to be conferred this year, Lee Ann Mudzamba is heading to the UK to be an audit trainee candidate at Deloitte - one of the Big Four accounting firms in the world.

The three-year-long South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) graduate programme at Deloitte London provides an opportunity for trainees to complete their articles to qualify as a Chartered Accountant (SA) on an international platform, auditing some of the firm’s largest clients.

According to the call for applications made last year, to be eligible, candidates are required to have completed a SAICA designated qualification at a SAICA accredited university and be eligible to sit for the SAICA Initial Test of Competence (ITC) exams in 2024. The selection process entails rigorous skills testing.

Upon meeting all the requirements and passing all the tests for this great opportunity, the 23-year-old proud product of the UFH Nkuhlu Accounting Department was selected for the programme and will be leaving for the UK next month.

UFHNews met up with Lee Ann, a few days after she wrote her final SIACA ITC exams.

Ecstatic, Lee Ann, originally from Zimbabwe, says she has always been eager to move beyond borders to seek opportunities that will leap her closer to her career aspirations to become a Chartered Accountant, a sentiment motivated and supported by her mother.

“After I completed my matric in Zim, my parents were in full support of me going outside my birth country to pursue my dreams, and Fort Hare was the institution destined to set those dreams in motion. Now I am going outside the country again, and this time it’s beyond the sea, something I had never anticipated,” she said.

Here at Fort Hare, especially at the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), her selection for this prestigious programme comes as no surprise as she has asserted herself as a leader. As a student she was a TLC supplemental instruction leader for two years and later became a TLC language and writing consultant.

“TLC played a crucial part in building my confidence and turning me into a true team player. Through the centre, I actively contributed to the Fort Hare community which welcomed me as an international student. I have had the privilege of positively influencing numerous students, some of whom have become top achievers. This reflects my commitment to the triple bottom context as an aspiring CA.”

Lee Ann says she draws inspiration from her self-employed mother, her father who is a lecturer and Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and her uncle Dr Modeni Sibanda who lectures at the UFH Bisho Campus. “My mother is a true go-getter, and she has inspired me to be the same.”

She expressed her gratitude to the TLC Consultants and the lecturers at Nkuhlu, especially Ms Ester Manson, for empowering her. “My lecturers empowered me academically, while my soft skills were sharpened at TLC.”

This distinct training programme and its resulting qualification will no doubt equip Lee Ann with the skills and experience to pursue a career goal to one day be named as one of the top 35 under 35-year-old Chartered Accountants.