Experience Reports

The CEAT program is structured to support talented and engaged students with a particular focus on topics of accounting and taxation with their academic and professional profile. To offer interested people and groups a first insight into CEAT, we have asked current and former members four questions about the program. You can find the complete experience reports below. Please note that all experience reports were originally written and published in German and translated afterwards.



 

Experience Report by Aileen Aringsmann

Portrait of Aileen Aringsmann, one of our current CEAT members

Hello, my name is Aileen. I am 24 years old and currently writing my master's thesis at the Institute of Accounting and Taxation. I have been a participant in the CEAT program since October 2019.

  • Find Aileen's Experience Report Here

    Why did you decide to join CEAT?

    In addition to the theoretical contents of my studies, I always find it exciting to get to know different companies and see how the work processes differ there. Even though my focus is on tax consulting, I like to gain insights into other areas as well. I also hoped to be able to build up a network, especially with regard to a potential employer, and to get in touch with other students.

     

    Which CEAT event has fascinated you the most so far?

    I was most excited about the event organized with HLB Schumacher. First of all, the area of taxes was exactly my field of interest. Furthermore, I found the workshop exciting and got me a good picture of the work there in a short time, because the people involved also talked very openly and authentically about their everyday work and the interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments in the company.

    In addition, I am particularly grateful for the experience gained through the event with Flaschenpost, as I had never been able to gain insights into a startup before. The open and dynamic way of working there has remained positively in my memory.

     

    How have you been able to benefit from CEAT so far?

    The insights into the different companies – consulting as well as industrial companies, large corporations as well as medium-sized companies – helped me a lot in my decision regarding my job entry after the master's degree. In addition, the exchange with other students and employees of the university but also with the companies was simply a lot of fun.

     

    Would you recommend your fellow students to participate in the CEAT program?

    Yes, definitely, you don't get such exclusive insights elsewhere. In addition, you have a better chance of finding an internship or an entry-level position after graduation because you can contact the company representatives directly. Also, you gain valuable professional and personal knowledge through the program's events.

    This experience report was written in January 2022.


 

Experience Report by Marleen Biesemeier

Portrait of Marleen Biesemeier, one of our current CEAT members

Hello, my name is Marleen, I am 22 years old and I am currently doing my master's studies in business administration with major accounting at WWU. I am a member of CEAT since April 2019.

  • Find Marleen's Experience Report Here

    Why did you decide to join CEAT?

    After the first semesters of my bachelor's degree at WWU, I soon discovered my interest in tax-related topics. Consequently, I wanted to specialize in this area. The IUB's homepage then drew my attention to the CEAT program. CEAT was the perfect opportunity for me to develop both professionally and personally. The opportunities for close exchange in a small circle of "like-minded people" motivated me to apply.

     

    Which CEAT event has fascinated you the most so far?

    It is quite difficult to limit my answer to this question to one event. Among my favorite events are definitely the visit of the Signal Iduna Park with EY as well as the trip to the fiscal court of Münster. In addition to a very entertaining guided tour through the largest stadium in Germany, we received an excellent lecture from EY Dortmund, which later inspired me for my bachelor thesis topic. The visit to the fiscal court was also a highlight for me, as we were able to attend a court hearing, which gave us exciting insights into the procedures and workflows in a courtroom.

     

    How have you been able to benefit from CEAT so far?

    My membership at CEAT has helped me to find and strengthen my professional interests and my future career choice. In a casual atmosphere you have the opportunity to get to know a great variety of companies and make valuable contacts. The limited number of participants enables a much more personal exchange with professors and staff of the chair than is possible in lectures, which I think is very valuable, too.

     

    Would you recommend your fellow students to participate in the CEAT program?

    Absolutely! CEAT is a great variation and addition to the regular course of study. In addition to the theoretical content you gain in the lectures, CEAT also gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience through workshops. CEAT is definitely an enrichment for anyone interested in taxation and accounting, and I can definitely recommend everyone to apply.

    This experience report was written in November 2020.


 

Experience Report by Henrich Habe

Portrait of Henrich Habe, one of our current CEAT members

Hello, my name is Henrich. I am currently in my first semester of the master's program in business administration with a focus on accounting and have been in the CEAT program since the end of my bachelor's studies.

  • Find Henrich's Experience Report Here

    Why did you decide to join CEAT?

    After gaining initial experiences in the field of taxation in fourth semester of my bachelor's degree, I wanted to obtain further experience in this area. Therefore, I applied for the CEAT program immediately after my semester abroad, and since then the program has allowed me to pursue my interests.

     

    Which CEAT event has fascinated you the most so far?

    The event that I have enjoyed most so far was a lecture by a tax auditor about his work. Getting to know the "other side" is always an incredibly interesting experience, and above all the analytical approach of the tax authorities in their auditing procedures made me curious. In addition, many of the stories from the field were very amusing and provided further interesting insights.

     

    How have you been able to benefit from CEAT so far?

    Above all, I have benefited from the many new impressions I acquired at CEAT. Even though the auditor's presentation was my personal highlight, many other exciting excursions took place, such as a visit to the fiscal court of Münster and a workshop with EY at the Signal Iduna Park, followed by a tour of the stadium. All these impressions open up new perspectives on professional and non-professional topics, which in my opinion is the biggest advantage of the program.

     

    Would you recommend your fellow students to participate in the CEAT program?

    Those interested in the topics of corporate taxation and accounting will hardly find a better student development program. I would highly recommend the program and look forward to meeting new students with similar interests.

    This experience report was written in November 2020.


 

Experience Report by Dennis Konrad

Portrait of Dennis Konrad, one of our CEAT alumni

I'm Dennis Konrad and I used to do my master's studies in business administration with major and minor accounting at WWU between 2016 and 2019. During the same period, I was a happy and also proud CEAT member. After graduating, I founded the company ExpressSteuer in Hamburg with 3 other ambitious founders. With ExpressSteuer, we want to turn the unpopular topic of income tax declarations into a well loved one. We achieve this by enabling our clients to complete their tax declarations within 5 minutes but still profit from the expertise of a tax consultant.

  • Find Dennis' Experience Report Here

    Why did you decide to join CEAT?

    Since I was already very enthusiastic about accounting and taxation during my bachelor's studies, I wanted to further deepen my knowledge in these areas. I was particularly interested in gaining insights into topics that are not necessarily dealt with in the lecture. In addition, the exchange with members of the CEAT program was (and still is) very important to me.

     

    Which CEAT event has fascinated you the most?

    I was most impressed by an event organized by a large consulting firm. The event showed us how tax processes can be automated using decision trees. This realization later encouraged me to build ExpressSteuer with the 3 other founders.

     

    How have you been able to benefit from CEAT so far?

    On the one hand, of course, through accounting- and taxation-specific first-hand expertise. All the presenters spoke passionately about their professional lives, which enabled me to build a bridge to practical experience. On the other hand, I also benefited greatly from the network I was able to build up with other students who have exactly the same interests as I do. The discussions that took place also inspired me beyond the CEAT program.

     

    Would you recommend interested students to participate in the CEAT program?

    Yes, definitely! The CEAT program is very diverse and offers interested students the opportunity to dive deeper into many different areas. I can therefore recommend CEAT without any restrictions.

    This experience report was written in November 2020.


 

Experience Report by Anna Schweizer

Portrait of Anna Schweizer, one of our current CEAT members

Hello, my name is Anna. I am 22 years old and I am currently finishing my bachelor's degree with a focus on taxation and accounting at WWU. At the moment, I am doing a three-month internship at KPMG in Dusseldorf. I have been a member of CEAT since October 2020.

  • Find Anna's Experience Report Here

    Why did you decide to join CEAT?

    After the tax lectures in the fourth semester aroused my interest in the subject, I decided to major in taxation and accounting. In order to add practical insights to the theoretical content of the lectures, I decided to apply to the CEAT program.

     

    Which CEAT event has fascinated you the most so far?

    I enjoyed the event with KPMG the most. We worked together on an interesting case study and the team gave us a lot of insights into their daily tasks and the work in a large consulting firm. The presentation by ExpressSteuer founder Dennis Konrad was also super interesting and opened up a whole new perspective on the tax world for me.

     

    How have you been able to benefit from CEAT so far?

    The team from KPMG convinced me so much in their presentation that I contacted one of the speakers afterwards to find out about internship opportunities. She helped me directly, forwarded my documents and, following an interview, I was accepted for the internship I am currently working in. Without CEAT and the direct contact to the team, this would definitely not have been possible so quickly and easily.

     

    Would you recommend your fellow students to participate in the CEAT program?

    Definitely. The program offers exciting insights into the work at large and small companies and thus a refreshing balance to your studies. In addition, the events offer great networking potential and the exchange with other interested students is very enriching.

    This experience report was written in January 2022.