Hardik Patel

Meet Hardik. Hardik came to Herts through clearing and loved his time here. He is now a Management Accountant for a specialist bank, with ambitions to become a chartered accountant.

Read more stories BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Current job roleManagement Accountant
Year of graduation2019
Course of studyBA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
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A spontaneous decision 

Hardik made the choice to come to Herts on A-level results day and called our clearing hotline. In his words, ‘It was a spontaneous decision. I had been accepted on a course at another university, but I’m glad I decided to study at Herts. I loved every bit of my time here.’

‘The University’s location was perfect for me too. It is not too far from London and some of my closest friends from school were also coming to study here.’

Fond memories 

Hardik has fond memories from his time at Herts, from partying at The Forum to late-night study sessions in our Learning Resources Centres. Hardik was a Student Representative for his course during his first year, which helped him get to know his peers and represent their views to the teaching staff.

He was also a committee member for Hertfordshire Students’ Union’s Hindu Society, where he helped organise events for the University’s thriving Hindu community.

Going on placement 

Hardik is working as a Management Accountant for a specialist bank. He believes his placement year during his course prepared him well for his current role, adding, ‘Being able to gain real-life experience gave me vital insight into what a career in accounting and finance would be like. It made me more disciplined and added a structure to my studies, which helped me graduate with first-class honours.’

While progressing in his current company, he aims to pass his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exam and qualify as a chartered accountant.

Hardik’s advice 

Hardik’s advice to current and future Herts students is to, ‘Enjoy your time at university – you will probably never have the same experience again. Find yourself a hobby, like joining a society or club. To help boost your studies, I’d always recommend doing a placement year, as this will give you hands-on experience in the career you want to get into.’