Star Student June 2020: Megan McGrath

Personal Tutor: Chrissy

After finishing my A-Levels, my original plan was to go to university and study to become a primary school teacher, but after a change of heart my plan came to a halt. I decided to apply for an apprenticeship and started working within an accounts team when I was 18, studying a Business Administration apprenticeship. I never expected accounting to be my chosen career path but after a year working as part of an accounts team, I realised how much I enjoyed it and that it is what I wanted to do. I started studying AAT when I was 20 and completed my Level 2 qualification at a local college, I then decided to study Level 3 as a distance learner with Accountancy Learning. I chose Accountancy Learning because the support and resources they provide seemed the best to suit my style of learning, and so far, I’m happy with my choice!

During the current circumstances, I am lucky to be working for a company which is carrying on with production – including producing fabrics for the NHS and the production of ‘snoods’ – meaning I haven’t been furloughed and we are very busy, especially the factory! The only difference for me is that I am now working from home, this took some time to adjust to but now I’ve developed a routine, I’m settled and used to the change. I’m really grateful to be kept busy during this time at work, and also continuing with my studies.

Chrissy said:

The last few months for students have been very challenging – with the uncertainty surrounding exam dates it is hard for students to focus – Megan however has fallen into the category of ‘super active’! Megan is showing more determination that ever to progress through her L3 studies. Currently studying for her second L3 exam Megan’s focus has sharpened and she has dived headfirst into her FAPR Final Accounts preparation unit working through Moodle quizzes with speed – knowing that remote exams may open in August seems to be a good motivator. Megan is also very busy at her place of work, a textiles manufacturing firm who, during the global pandemic are providing workwear fabrics to the NHS most notably 3.5 million meres to the healthcare profession internationally of which 2.5 million meters were provided to the NHS.