A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

After I graduated, I undertook an internship at the United Nations in New York for 5 months in 1999. I was then hired by Euromoney as a trainee journalist in May 2000, in London. In September 2000, I was hired by Bloomberg LP in London as an equity analyst at the Italian desk. During this time, I collaborated with Bloomberg’s Italian channel, where I was the analyst expert for a TV programme about the Italian stock exchange. At the end of 2002 I was hired as Vice President of a venture capital company in Italy. In this role, I analysed venture capital projects and financial products. In 2005 I founded the Loddo Associati Dottori Commercialisti (Loddo Associates Chartered Accountants), where I continue to work as chartered accountant and auditor. Currently I manage Economic and Financial Consultancy firm, and I am also a partner with my sister MARIA Franca, who is a Chartered Accountant and auditor too.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

My role requires a fluent understanding of the English language and in-depth knowledge of econometrics and banking.

Main work activities in your current role

I provide consultancy for economic and financial products analysis. I also manage bankruptcy proceedings for the Italian Court.

A typical day in your job

My usual work day involves getting up at 7am, to start work at 9. I then work until 2pm, and take an hour lunch, after which I continue to work from 3pm until 8pm. I work a typical five day week, Monday to Friday.

Main challenges in your role

Sometimes meeting a client's expectations can be a challenge.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

Working for myself as my own boss can be a real challenge. However I really enjoy directly dealing with clients and listening to their requirements and needs.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Work hard and love your job, so that you can give it your best. To be a successful Chartered Accountant I think you need to be detailed, precise, serious, optimistic, and very cultured and creative.