“I would definitely recommend a Masters at Exeter due to all new knowledge I gained, the friendly atmosphere, great networking opportunities among alumni, and the wonderful experience living abroad in a very cosy and comfortable city with great history and places to go.”

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Alla Alexeeva, Chanel

Finance Controller (Russia & CIS) at Chanel

Originally from Russia, Alla joined L’Oréal as an intern just a few months after graduating with an MSc in Accounting and Finance. She’s now working as a Finance Controller (Russia & CIS) at Chanel.

“I studied MSc Accounting and Finance between 2009-2010 at the University of Exeter Business School. I chose to study this particular programme because I found I was best at the economics side of my bachelor’s degree and the programme suited these skills.

I chose to study at the University of Exeter as it was in the Top 10 rankings in the Times and the Guardian when I started to look for the right place to study. The University provided very comfortable accommodation for international students and the city had a very good infrastructure.

I started my career in the beauty industry when I joined L’Oreal as an Intern just after graduation and was promoted to the position of Budget Controller within a couple of months. Now, I am working as a Finance Controller within the biggest business divisions at Chanel Russia & CIS and managing a team of three finance analysts.

My current job is very business oriented, and requires a lot of communication skills. My colleagues are working not only in Russia, but also in Paris, London and NYC. The Business School gave me a lot of practice building strong relationships with people from different countries, who spoke other languages. This is very beneficial for all young professionals starting their career in any field.

It is also compulsory to have in-depth understanding of all international accounting standards, while working as a Finance Controller. The knowledge I gained at University was a basis to develop myself in this field.

I would definitely recommend a Masters at Exeter due to all new knowledge I gained, the friendly atmosphere, great networking opportunities among alumni, and the wonderful experience living abroad in a very cosy and comfortable city with great history and places to go.

My advice for students wishing to pursue a Masters would be to remember that if you are accepted on a course, you become an asset to the University. It is your right to make your University greater by achieving excellent academic results and taking a breath taking career path.

My advice on becoming more employable would be to never stop believing in yourself. If somebody had told me ten years ago, that I would hold one of the top positions in Finance at Chanel Russia, I would never believe them. Being a confident and hard worker got me to where I am and I always believed that I could do this.”