The aim of the club is to bring students into contact with the practical aspects of the subjects taught in the Business Faculty and familiarise them with the application of business skills in everyday life. The club organizes visits to various accounting firms, local businesses and the Larnaca District Court allowing students to get a taste of our subjects in action, creating a bridge between theory & practice! Through these visits we aim to stimulate and inspire students wishing to pursue a career in the fields of Accounting, Economics, Law, Politics, Marketing and Business generally. The club is seeking to expand its activities including a visit to the Parliament of Cyprus and the Supreme Court of Cyprus.
For more information, please see Mr. George Georgiou or Ms. Constantina Spanou.
Accounting Career: On Thursday 21st of February 2019 the Business Club supervised by Mr. George Georgiou and Ms. Papaspyrou were pleased to welcome Mr. Marios Aristotelous who delivered a presentation to students at school’s premises. Students from four Accounting classes were presented with a unique view of a career in Accounting.
Mrs Marios Aristotelous who is currently an Assurance Manager at E&Y explained in detail the various routes through which one can become a Chartered or Certified Accountant. He clarified what the firm is looking for in a prospective employee and the unique opportunities that an occupation in Accounting can present to graduates.
The content of the presentation was also around the future of the Accounting Profession, introducing students to new technologies they are currently using and promoting EY’s global presence, values and opportunities. This was followed by a Q&A session. Overall it was an excellent opportunity for the Year 5 and Year 7 accounting students to receive first-hand information about a well known occupation - all from an American Academy graduate.
Visits to the Larnaka District Court: Students had the opportunity to observe the court procedure on deciding whether to remand a suspect in custody as part of a murder trial. This experience was very exciting for those who attended, especially those wishing to pursue a career as courtroom lawyers in the future. Our second visit enabled students to experience the atmosphere of the courtroom first-hand. Students had the opportunity to observe a variety of cases ranging from fraud to causing grievous bodily harm. They also had the privilege to follow the procedure of examination and cross examination of witnesses.
Visits to KPMG & PWC Accountants & Auditors: Given that a number of our club members are aspiring future accountants the club arranged visits to two of the most well-known accounting firms internationally. The students were welcomed into the companies’ offices and were briefed on the day-to-day tasks of an accountant. A presentation was held about ‘Future work and careers opportunities in the field of professional accountancy’. Students were also given the opportunity to speak to members of staff in order to gain personal advice about the profession.
Visit to the Central Bank of Cyprus: Students were taken to the Central Bank of Cyprus, where they were introduced to the organizational structure of the Bank and its role in assuring the financial stability of the banking system of Cyprus. They also had the opportunity to view some collector coins kept in the Central Bank’s museum.
Visit to Uclan University Cyprus: The club organised a visit to UCLan, Cyprus. Students were welcomed by Professor Panikkos Poutziouris, the Vice-Director & Head of the School of Business and Management. They were given a tour of the grounds including the lecture theatres, and had the opportunity to raise any questions they had regarding higher education and application procedures at the university.
Visit to UK universities: A number of overseas trips were organised to the UK with the purpose of touring UK universities and enabling students to get a feel for university life in the UK and at the same time familiarise themselves with the British culture. The Universities visited include: Imperial College London, UCL, LSE, Brighton University, Sussex University, Essex University, the University of Warwick, Keele University, the University of Manchester, Nottingham University, Lancaster University and others. Students also visited some of the Scottish Universities such as the Edinburgh University, Glasgow University and the University of Stirling. Students got a versatile experience: riding on the London Underground, tasting culture at London theatres, having some fun at Madame Tussauds and London Dungeons, and Manchester United Stadium – Trafford and walking along the historical city of Cambridge. A visit was also arranged at the offices of Deloitte in Manchester where students were briefed on the prospects of a career in the accounting profession and the requirements needed to apply to the company.
Visit to Achnagal Ltd. local business: The club arranged for students to attend a tour of the grounds of the company. Achnagal Ltd specialises in the production and sale of dairy products and is very famous for its halloumi. Students were briefed on the production, packaging and sales procedures followed by the company and also had the opportunity to taste their products.
Visit to Dias group of companies: A visit to Sigma TV channel & Super FM Radio channel gave the opportunity to students to experience first-hand the News Director in action. The Director spoke to students and gave them advice on possible career opportunities in the field and toured them around the various departments.
UCLan Cyprus School of Law, 1st Law Fair: A group of Law students had the opportunity to attend the 1st Law Fair at Uclan Cyprus’ Moot Court, entitled “Become a lawyer for a day.” Students were given a taster (through role play) of what being a judge, a prosecutor and a defence lawyer are all about. They had the chance to meet lawyers from respectable firms on the island and had the opportunity to ask any questions about future careers in law. The event also included a panel discussion on “Contentious and non-contentious work as a lawyer and alternative careers for a law graduate”.