Alumni of the week

The strategy that landed a job

Stian Holte


Associate

BDO Norway

Bachelor of Business Administration 2013 & MSc in Business 2017

“I realised early on in my studies which sectors I wanted to work for, which allowed me to be very deliberate in choosing classes.”

"What's most important is to use the opportunities provided by the studies to make contact with business and industry." BDO Associate Stian Holte landed a job before he finished his master degree at BI.

"I have had the privilege of studying with some very skilled people, and we have encouraged and inspired each other. I also realised early on in my studies which sectors I wanted to work for, which allowed me to be very deliberate in choosing classes."

Stian Holte graduated in the autumn of 2017 with a Master of Science in Business, with specialisation in Business Law, Tax and Accounting and a Minor in Political Economy. During his time at BI, Holte acted as both class representative and career ambassador. In order to acquire international experience, he spent his summer holiday in 2016 at summer school at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Europe's largest business school.

Holte explains that his most important strategy to get a job before he graduated was participating in corporate presentations for the various companies he was interested in.

"I tried to be active in order to make a good first impression, and I also wanted to get the best possible picture of the companies I was considering."

The goal was to find out which company would be the best fit, and at the same time provide the greatest opportunities for development.

In February 2017, six months before the master's thesis deadline, Holte received a job offer from BDO.

More than just numbers

As a BDO Associate, Holte has a varied workday characterised by close contact with customers, follow-up of various projects and a lot of general auditing, which Stian believes is far more exciting and wide-ranging than most people think.

"Auditing is more exciting than it might seem, as there are many statutes and rules to adhere to, and there are always new things to learn along the way. I often refer to different collections of laws over the course of a workday, particularly the tax code documents and the Limited Liability Companies Act, since we prepare a lot of corporate documentation such as amendments to articles of association and general meeting protocols.

Apart from what Holte calls general auditing, he also assists as an Associate in financial advice and assistance related to transactions undertaken by the various companies.

"I think auditing is a discipline that is highly rewarding if you want to tackle other financial challenges in the future, because you learn how accounting works and how different companies are structured," says Holte.

Getting involved, study plans and fresh air

Holte's advice to current students is to be curious about working life and try to form an impression of what kind of workday you want. As regards handling exams, he has greatly benefited from his own study plans as regards allocating his time between different classes leading up to exams. However, what he believes to be most important is getting involved and demonstrating initiative.

"What is most important is to get involved and utilise all the opportunities BI provides to make early contact with the job market."

"It's also a very good idea to get some fresh air during the long days spent studying," says Holte.