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Mazars: an introduction

This post was written by BSc Accounting and Finance w/placement student, Toby Sayers

For the academic year 2016/17, I will be the Brand Ambassador for Mazars UK at the University of Southampton. In this role, I will be the point of contact for many students in the University, should they have any questions about Mazars as a company, what they can offer or even who they are. Representing Mazars on campus, jobs include promoting activities, internships and assisting with making students more employable.

It's my job to represent Mazars on campus

It’s my job to represent Mazars on campus

 So, who are Mazars?

Mazars are one of Europe’s largest accounting firms, reaching globally and ever increasing in size and stature. Employing over 17,000 people and stretching across 77 countries, Mazars can offer a career a wide range of service lines.

  • Specialises in Audit, Tax and Advisory
  • Also offers Legal and Accountancy services
  • 19 offices in the UK
  • The 8th largest accountancy firm in the UK (by audit fee income)
  • Widely international company
  • Acts for 17% of the FTSEurofirst 100
  • Audits more FT Global 500 than any non ‘Big four’ firm

Why would I be interested in Mazars?

Mazars are an ever-growing company that continuously looks to take on new, fresh minded individuals.

To do this, Mazars offers a large range of industrial and summer placements, and has plenty of vacancies left across the UK in Audit, Tax, Advisory and many more. In these, Mazars can improve upon your technical and analytical skills, while letting you thrive in the working environment.

How can I apply?

If Mazars interests you, visit for more information about the firm, and how to apply. Should you have any further questions or would like help with your application, Mazars will be at the careers fair on the 20th October – I will be there along with an employee from Mazars. Should you have any questions, contact:

Toby Sayers



Telephone interview success

It’s encouraging to see lots of students from Southampton Business School being invited to telephone interviews, video interviews, and assessment centres at this time of year. In her last post, Riikka explained how not to answer some common telephone interview questions. What, then, can you do to ensure you are equipped for telephone interview success?

In this video extract from our online placement preparation course, Paul Hanrahan from Enterprise Rent-a-car gives his advice; including how to prepare, where to hold a telephone interview, and some sound advice on outgoing voicemail messages…

Keep an eye on the blog this month for more tips on how to succeed in video and telephone interviews.


Create a Bright Future Through The Excel Southampton Internship Programme

This Guest Post was kindly submitted by Laura Messenger from Excel Southampton Internship Programme – University of Southampton, Careers and Employability Service.

Create a Brighter Future

Create a Brighter Future

The Excel Southampton Internship Programme has launched again for this academic year and it’s going to be even bigger and better than before!

We’ve had a bit of a re-vamp, changing our name from placements to internships and updating our website, complete with a bespoke video featuring the voiceover talents of one of the team! Despite the update, the basic programme remains the same, offering a wide range of 4-12 week fully paid internships during Easter, summer and term-time.

You might have noticed that we’ve also moved over onto a new platform called MyCareer. After a busy summer we now have all of our Careers offerings in one place. You can book appointments, search for events, and of course search for and apply to all of our exciting internships!

Last year we filled 430 positions, 72 of which were snapped up by students from the Faculty of Business, Law and Art. This year we’re aiming for 500 so there’ll be plenty more opportunities for you to get involved.

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So why apply to an Excel internship?

In today’s competitive job market, work experience is crucial to landing that dream job. In fact, according to the High Fliers Graduate Survey 2015, 31% of graduate job vacancies are expected to be filled by students who have previously worked for an organisation on placement.

There are numerous benefits to undertaking an Excel internship, aside from the obvious perks of getting paid and gaining valuable work experience. All of our internships are project-based and exclusive to students at the University of Southampton, meaning less competition. We also provide you with support throughout, including specialised Induction and Reflection workshops to help you gain the most from your internship.

Opportunities are advertised on the first Monday of every month, for 3 weeks.

Whether you’re looking to find a way into a particular sector, or just want to try out some career ideas, we have something for everyone! Thinking about applying? Check out our website for more details:


An insider’s guide to graduate recruitment: 5 things you didn’t know about life after university

It’s almost time to burst that comforting university bubble…but do you know what’s in store for you in the ‘real world’? You’ve heard about that ‘tax’ thing, but what about everything else? Take a look at these five unexpected aspects of becoming a job-hunting graduate, as compiled by Lizzi Hart of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau.

  1. There are more jobs than you think

Generally, one student’s perspective of the job market, taken from a few job emails and a couple of careers fairs, does not represent the true amount of jobs available. The Times’ Top 100 recruiters are not the only companies hiring graduates. Some sectors won’t be making a huge fuss over employing graduates by using brand ambassadors or expensive marketing techniques; you will have to be more extensive in your search. To give yourself the best chance at maximising your opportunities, sign up to as many recruitment sites as you can, as well as keeping an eye on specific companies’ career sections. And if you’re not already using LinkedIn for jobs, then do it right now.

  1. Employers are not trying to catch you out

You might feel under huge amounts of pressure during an interview, but really, employers want you to do well so that they can stop the interviewing process. They want to find the right person as soon as possible, but if you’re it, they just need to find it out for themselves. However they can’t do that if your nerves become you. With this valuable piece of advice in mind, dig out some confidence from the pit of your stomach and answer those questions with your head held high.

  1. Having a degree does not equal instant job

In a society saturated with keen graduates, it’s difficult to whittle these candidates down. Instead of just a degree, employers want experience – or an attempt towards it at least. It might be too late to integrate any sector-relevant work into your degree, but think about what else you’ve done during your time in higher education. Been part of any societies? Done any volunteering? Tutored anyone? Helped out any of your lecturers? Don’t underestimate the salience of extra-curricular activities. If you don’t have any former experience, then use this summer to prove your worth beyond your degree grade. Equally, you may find a job that you enjoy, but you didn’t actually need a degree for. But hey, you’d never give up that uni experience, right?

  1. Your first job is not your only job

While some might argue that you shouldn’t ‘settle’ for a less-than-perfect first job, surely you’ll want to build up some experience first? Before you even attempt to find a job/sector that you want to settle into, you should explore your options and learn how the 9-5 works before pre-ordering your retirement slippers. Now don’t get me wrong, do strive to find that perfect graduate job. But remember: you’re in your early twenties; you have at least forty more years’ worth of a career.

  1. Big-name brands aren’t everything

Don’t give in to heavily funded marketing techniques and just apply for roles with big-name brands. Like point 1 iterates, there are lots of jobs out there, they are just harder to find. Plus, if you manage to blag yourself a job with a large company, how do you know what the actual day-to-day will be like? A smaller brand may win your heart more than a larger one ever could. Essentially, don’t be closed-minded during your job-hunt or you may be left feeling disappointed and unwanted (spoiler: you aren’t!).