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Eduardo Avila Zaragoza (MA Multinational Accounting and Financial Management 1992)

Biography

Just after finishing my MA at Reading I joined a major Spanish Bank (BBVA), where I have been since then, moving to different job positions, including moving to three different countries (Portugal, Peru and Mexico), apart from Spain. Much more importantly, I rose a wonderful family with three kids (the first one just left for university).

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

When I finished my Degree in Spain, I went for a traineeship as an accountant at a small firm in Manchester. Being there I decided to do an MA, so I looked for a good University with MA in accounting and financial markets and I found out that Reading was a very good option.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

For me the best was the whole experience of living on Campus, meeting people from many places and making friends for life.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Enjoy every minute, work hard and meet as many people as possible.

If applicable, how did you benefit from spending a year abroad / a year in industry?

Spending my MA year in the UK made me ready and willing to know new cultures, so when I was offered a position abroad in my job, I didn't hesitate and made the best of it.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am in charge of the relationship of my Bank with Supervisors, witnessing the major changes that the Financial Industry is going through. Also I am an associate Professor at Navarra University in Spain, teaching accounting in a MA Degree of Banking and financial Regulation.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

It is a very interesting moment for the Financial Industry, and Banks need people with skills to face all major changes in regulation (risk modelling, bank accounting, SAS experts)

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

For me the MA degree was key for my career. It made a difference in my CV when I made my first job application, and throughout the evolution of my career, started as a jr accountant and finished as the Chief Accountant Officer of my Bank.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Show proactivity, for me it is one of the most valuable attitude that young people should have.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

For me it was one of best years of my life. My best memory: the bike rides by the river with my friends.

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