“I was quite young when I made the choice to do a Bachelor of Business. I think it was for the security of a business degree. I changed from a marketing major to an accounting major after my first year following a motivational conversation with Philippa Hogan, who was my accounting lecturer at the time.
“I originally didn’t get accepted into University through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) due to the subjects I chose at school. I put this down to immaturity at the time and not really knowing what career I wanted. But with hard work and dedication, I learnt that I could achieve high marks and now, allow me to be in the position I am in my career and life.
“I lived in Bathurst and lived close to the campus while I was studying. Bathurst is a great city, the cost of living was low and I could continue working my part-time job to pay for my fees and books. The social life was great. Some of my best friendships were made at CSU and I still keep in close contact with them today.
“In my final year I did a work placement at Alan Morse & Co (now The Morse Group). This was great as I was able to apply my studies and get a feel for what it would be like to work a typical job in an accounting firm. It really was a very useful experience. I was also privileged to receive a $2,000 scholarship and I used the funds to pay for a second-hand laptop.
“Completing this course definitely prepared me for the workforce. Of course, I also needed to have resilience and know how to lead myself and others, but undertaking the course and learning how to balance a part-time job, studies and a work-life balance are all skills that I use every day in my current role.
“My most memorable CSU experience would have to be after my final exam, the whole class of Accounting Theory (exciting, I know!) went for a beer with our lecturer, Kay Plummer. Kay was a great role model and really helped me become the professional I am today.
“I was the first in my family to graduate from University. My family didn’t really understand what it meant, but they were very happy for me as they knew how hard I studied throughout my degree. It was a real sense of achievement.
“I am working in my chosen field of study. I am a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London. I started at PwC in 2005 in their Canberra office and came on a ten week secondment to PwC’s London office in 2008. Eight years later, I am still here! I work in Assurance which includes external audit, internal audit, accounting advice and other advisory engagements. I work with a range of clients including charities, government entities and international companies listed on the FTSE100.
“To anyone considering studying at CSU - it is the start of many great choices you can make. It’s easy to be side-tracked by the bright lights of a large city – but the balance of a community feel and receiving the highest quality learning, I would definitely make the same choice again.”