Star Student March 2019: Vikki Blaszcyk

Personal Tutor: Pat Leahy

After graduating from Bath Spa University in 2015 with a Business Degree, I began my first full time position as an Accounts Administrator where I have enjoyed working within a small team. During the first year of my employment I wanted to further develop my knowledge and understanding of accountancy which led me to AAT and the distance learning course. At first, I was slightly apprehensive of undertaking a solo professional qualification, but with excellent support from my tutor and accountancy learning staff, it has helped build my confidence.

I have received great support from my employer which enabled me to take time away from work in order to take the exams. I managed to pass AAT Level 2 within 9 months and I obtained a very rewarding mark of 97% and a Distinction. This course has not just expanded my knowledge of accountancy and but also allowed me to undertake further responsibility in the workplace.

In Autumn 2017 I began AAT Level 3 in Accounting. As expected, I found this more demanding, however, the fantastic support from my tutor Pat helped me overcome the challenges I faced. After completing my first 2 Unit exams within Level 3, I frustratingly damaged a nerve in my arm, which resulted in me having to temporarily pause my studies. In addition to this, I also received news that my stepdad had been diagnosed with advanced cancer. I vividly remember the phone call with my tutor, when I informed her that I would have to put my studies on hold whilst I dealt with these personal matters, at that moment Pat provided me with incredible support and advice including explaining the options available to me. I will be forever grateful for her help! Considering I have never met Pat she has been very supportive and has guided me throughout, my tutor has always been there for me either via email or just a simple phone call away, she has guided me through my struggles. After resuming my studies and extending my course I was able to pass Level 3 with a Merit at 87%. Being within 3% of a distinction made me proud of my achievement, however, I don’t feel this would have been possible without my amazing, supportive and helpful tutor, family and friends.

I am now looking forward to starting Level 4 and learning more about what I enjoying doing every day within my job and extending my accountancy skills. With still a lot of learning ahead of me, each small step counts towards a successful career within Accountancy.

Pat Leahy said:

Vikki has had to overcome some difficult health and family troubles during the course of her Level 3 studies. Many students have to deal with problems that get in the way of their studies, but what has made Vikki stand out for me is the upbeat way she has faced her problems and managed her studies round them. Her ability to stay cheerful despite everything has been admirable and I am delighted that she has achieved a high Merit in the Advanced Diploma. Many congratulations Vikki.