The university staff and academic cadre were very insightful and helpful. Importantly they understood individual student needs and conditions.
I studied the Bachelor of Commerce, majored in Accounting (graduated in Melbourne, May 2017).
After graduating from high school in Syria, I moved to Lebanon for a course in the English language. Thereafter, I moved to Australia (Sydney at the time) to purse my undergraduate studies at ACU.
During my search for undergraduate programs in Australia, ACU University surfaced to the top of my list. I had read the university’s profile and was drawn to the fostering culture that ACU hosts. This was also reinforced by the excellent reviews from current and graduating students. It was clear to me then that ACU was the obvious option where I could build both my professional career and my interpersonal skills.
I had such a remarkable experience at ACU, I had professionals teaching the course that were a true inspiration. The university staff and academic cadre were very insightful and helpful. Importantly they understood individual student needs and conditions.
I had to defer my candidature in 2012 (in Sydney) as I had to move back to support my family who at the time were driven out of Syria. The academic board was supportive and helped me to have a seamless return to my studies in 2015 when I moved back to Australia (Melbourne) to resume my studies.
My lecturers and tutors were professional academics high up in their fields and they prepared me and my colleagues well for our respective careers. My lecturers were keen on delivering the most up-to-date knowledge and at the same time managed to make each session informative and joyful for everyone. I have learnt a lot throughout my degree and I am confident that the knowledge and the skill set I have gained from ACU will be transferred to my future career.
Yes, I have worked as a volunteer at the Salvation Army Project 614. My experience at the Salvation Army has taught me indispensable life-long lessons and has contributed to my development as a dynamic and proactive member of the society. My primary role in the initiative was to serve food at the Salvation Army’s cafés in the city.
The satisfaction I have had while contributing to this seemingly minor task was unprecedented (at least to me). On many occasions, I used to engage in long conversations with the café visitors on various issues. They were interested in my background and the fact that I am an international student working as a volunteer in Australia. Such conversations have taught me a great deal, most important of which is to be grateful and appreciative of what I have and what I can achieve. It has also given me a new perspective on life that I will forever cherish into the future.
I was successful in securing a position at Ernst & Young as an external auditor. I will commence the role in December 2017 in the company’s Sydney branch.
I aspire for a managerial role in auditing particularly in the consumer goods and entertainment industries. Meanwhile I plan to complete the Chartered Accountant program, which will contribute towards my knowledge and hopefully my promotion. In the longer term, I plan to get into the consulting financial market.
I would encourage prospective students to make the best out of their ACU experience. From the academic point of view, ACU will definitely provide them with a platform from which they can embark on their journey towards achieving their long-term career goals. Moreover, the interpersonal relationships with the ACU community are as valuable and long lasting as the academic goals. The environment at ACU fosters professionals, friendly staff and students from different walks of life which makes the experience at ACU even more nourishing!
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