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Published on 7 June 2012

7 June 2012

A former teenage pilot now studying Accounting at the University of the Sunshine Coast is on cloud nine after taking the biggest cache of prizes at the USC School of Business Awards Ceremony 2012.

Amy Reardon, 25, of Sippy Downs, collected four awards worth a total of $1,650 for excelling in the second year of her USC Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

“I’m very happy with this acknowledgement,” she said. “It’s sure to help when I go for my first full-time accounting job when I finish my degree this year.”

Ms Reardon already manages her partner’s accounts for their Jim’s Mowing business and volunteers as an assistant treasurer for the Air Cadets School of Aviation at Amberley RAAF Base.

“I did civilian pilot training as a 17-year-old in Brisbane, intending to go into the Air Force, but I lacked confidence then and didn’t pass the officer’s board,” said Ms Reardon, who was schooled in Toowoomba.

After working as an advertising sales representative at News Limited in Sydney, she and her partner sought out the Sunshine Coast lifestyle in 2010.

Her achievements at USC have certainly given her confidence in her abilities. She is well on track to achieve her goal of becoming an external auditor or financial accountant when she graduates.

“I know Sydney has great unis but I wanted a smaller university for a more personal experience,” she said.

“I’ve had such a great relationship with the USC Accounting lecturers such as Dr Greg Laing and Dr Peter Baxter who have given me opportunities like student peer mentoring.

“I was given a tutorial room so I could teach other students. The best way of learning at uni is to tutor someone else. It enhanced my own understanding.

“With this USC degree I’ve picked up many more skills than just accounting theory. I’ve put my judgement and analysis into practice through exposure to the industry and I’ve enhanced my communication skills so I’ll be comfortable talking to company managers in my future workplace.”

The four awards Ms Reardon received at the recent ceremony were:

  • $500 ANZ Bank Prize for the highest achieving student in Introduction to Financial Planning;
  • $500 CPA Australia Prize for the best second year Accounting student
  • $400 Garland Waddington Prize for the best student in Retirement and Superannuation
  • $250 John Wiley and Sons Australia Prize for the best student in Company Accounting.

Julie Schomberg

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