Mentoring - Oxford Brookes University BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting

Let me start by telling you a story. About 10 years ago, a girl joins the financial audit team of a Big4. As any audit company, all new joiners are enrolled in the ACCA scheme to ensure employees are properly trained and knowledgeable. This sounds great!

There is only one problem for our character: she has a math and programing university degree. What does that mean? Well, that means that Debit and Credit mean nothing to her! Plus, they make no sense mathematically speaking.

But she decides to hang in there and try to find a meaning in the way accounting concepts work. From the very beginning, she makes it a goal to complete the certification in her own rhythm and focusing on what is to be gained from the overall experience.

After a couple of years, following the release of results for Paper P5 – Advanced Performance Management, she receives an email from ACCA. To her great surprise it was a congratulation notice as she scored the 1st mark among all Romanian students attending the exam at that particular sitting and more important the 7th mark worldwide.

You might have guessed it until that the story is about… me.

In the mean time I have reached my goal of becoming an ACCA member.
More than that, I’ve decided to get involved in the mentoring scheme for Oxford Brooks University BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting.


My purpose of sharing this story with you was to tell you that if it was possible for me, a non-finance person, to reach such a high mark for a professional paper, also you can attain your goal of gaining your BSc in Applied Accounting.

There is plenty of information out there and is sometimes a true struggle to make your way through it. This is why I consider the Mentoring Scheme as a highly valuable tool along the process. A mentor will support you in finding the answers to your questions about what is the best course of action, what should you do next and what to do to stay on track.

I have reached the decision to enroll in the program and put in the time to study trough the materials and take the exam to become a Registered Mentor as I truly believe I can support you on your path. I’m well aware of how difficult is to find the time to work on the Research and Analysis Project while studying, working, taking care of other admin tasks, etc. But in the same time I can tell you that is doable, you have to believe in it.

I highly recommend Cristina Muhl as a mentor to all Oxford Brookes University students. I confirm that Cristina Muhl was my mentor for RAP submitted in period 34.
Cristina Muhl support and encouragement, helped me to ask the right questions, to think systematically, to learn to apply appropriate evaluation techniques and to analyse and interpret the findings. Her professionalism, knowledge and competence helped me to achieve my project objectives.

Marcel Turuta, ACCA, Accountax, Ireland

Cristina is a very dedicated and committed mentor; Always well prepared to each meeting, encourages student’s own decisions, while making some non-invasive suggestions.
She patiently supported me throughout the project, including change of the originally chosen subject and multiple versions of my chapters. Our meetings were always very constructive and motivating.
I feel like I could not have done it without her.

Iwona Arolska, Lawyer

I have had the opportunity to cooperate with Cristina during my professional studies at Oxford Brookes University. As my mentor she always showed a strong dedication to her role and a constant willingness to go above and beyond when I needed. Cristina is a great mentor who always showed willingness to share her personal experience from finance field and she took a personal interest in the mentoring relationship. She was not just knowledgeable and passionate but was always committed to help me to enhance my perspective and deepen my knowledge and understanding of financial issues. She showed a very strong willingness to provide me guidance, motivation and a constructive feedback.

Andrea Strakova Galova, Country Finance Manager

It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Cristina Mühl who was my mentor for BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance at Oxford Brookes University during the first part of 2017. It was a pleasure working with Cristina, and I got to know her as a valuable tutor, always eager to share knowledge and guide me towards completing my task. She is extremely well prepared and a master of her trade, being able to advise me on subjects on a wide variety of topics and industries. As the paper I had to write for the BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance was focused on the telecommunication industry, her ability to apply her financial expertise on understanding and guiding me through the details of this vast business proved invaluable. Her vast experience can be seen in the way she easily understands new domains and is able to properly give advice on different topics. While her experience and knowledge is undeniable, it was a pleasure to work with Cristina as she is kind and emphatic. She knew exactly how and when to put the right pressure to make me work when needed while doing it with tact and a positive energy, having the right traits to be a good leader. I wholeheartedly recommend Cristina as a specialist, advisor and trainer as her experience, knowledge and character would prove valuable for any organization she would work for.

Razvan Petcu