Posted Wednesday 16 August 2023
A Kingston University Clearing student is hoping the skills she is learning on her accountancy course will provide the perfect foundation to pursue a career investigating and detecting fraud.
Vishnee Cavaree's interest in forensic accountancy can be traced back to a childhood interest in the FBI and, having now completed her first year at university, the accounting and finance student is now setting her sights on a career solving financial crime once she graduates. "When I was younger I used to imagine being an FBI agent once I grew up," she said. "So to be able to work in detecting fraudulent activity and helping uncover international crime, applying the skills I've developed through my degree, is a huge ambition of mine."
The 22 year old from Crawley first visited Kingston University with her aunt, who herself had previously was undertaking a degree in social studies at the institution. "The University campus seemed such a welcoming place, so when I saw it had the course I wanted to study I was excited to come here," Vishnee said.
Having originally moved to the UK from Mauritius in 2017 to sit her A-Levels, the budding forensic accountant had a spell away from her studies before moving into higher education and spoke of her gratitude to the University for the support she received during her application process. "When I found out I had been accepted I ran around the room jumping for joy, I was so happy," she said. "Everyone at Kingston University has been so supportive. It was difficult to be out of education for a couple of years, but I always knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Kingston definitely has a piece of my heart and I know I'm studying at the right place."
Vishnee has excelled in the first year of her studies and is now part of the accounting and finance course's RISE programme, led by senior lecturer in finance Louise Cooper, which involves the top-performing students from her cohort. "I've really enjoyed my first year here and am excited about moving on to the second year of my degree," she said. "Being part of this programme has been brilliant, I've found some of the work which has focused on improving our CVs particularly useful and I'm hopeful that what I'm learning will stand me in good stead when it comes to getting a job after graduation. The sessions have been really helpful and I'm looking forward to hearing from the guest lecturers that will be coming to the University next year."
Sharing advice with prospective students who may be looking to apply through Clearing this year, Vishnee said that perseverance was key. "Take the time to explore what options there are, research the courses and then call the hotline to find out more," she said. "I would definitely advise applicants to speak to tutors and get a feel for which course is the best fit for them."
Senior lecturer in finance Louise Cooper said Vishnee's achievements in her first year were something she should be proud of. "Vishnee has proven to be an excellent student and really thrived, which is especially impressive given she had a few years out of education before coming to Kingston," she said. "She definitely has a bright future ahead of her and I look forward to following her career once she graduates."