Written by Alex McGovern (Du. 2013-17)
Saturday, 08 September 2018

Alex got in touch with the OB office in February asking for assistance with his summer wok experience, part of his four year degree in Accountancy and Finance at the University of Exeter. 

"The Old Brightonians put me in contact with Mr. Sandford of Wilson Sandford Ltd, Chartered Accountants based in Hove, which resulted in a week-long placement with the firm.  This was a fantastic experience! 

Having completed the first year of my course, I was well equipped with the basics of accounting but to be able to apply it in a real-world setting was very instructional, interesting and confirmed I had made the right choice of degree and career.

To my surprise, I was given substantive work to do on existing client accounts including posting trial balances, reconciling transactions, scheduling movements in directors’ accounts and preparing certificates of deduction of income tax.  I also learned to use professional accounting software including Iris and Xero. As I limp back to Exeter for my second year following my recent knee surgery, I feel the placement will better help me relate my future academic studies to professional accountancy practice and I will start enthusiastically seeking my third year placement.

I would like to very much thank the Old Brightonians and Mr. Sandford for this opportunity and the staff at Wilson Sandford for their patience and support during my time there!"

-Alex McGovern (Du. 2013-17)

The Old Brightonians network is reliant on the support and help of its individual members. All over the world, OBs are helping us as ambassadors, giving talks and presentations, providing career opportunities to current pupils and OBs. If you are looking for an internship or if you are able to provide one, please get in touch with the OB office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone +44(0)1273 704 355, and don't forget to sign up to Brighton College Connect, the official online networking platform for Old Brightonians where you are able to expand your professional network, advance in your career through trusted connections and give back by mentoring our graduating OBs, or seek mentorship yourself. 

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