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Published on 16 May 2012

A decision to quit travelling around Australia in early 2011 to study Commerce at the University of the Sunshine Coast is paying off for Ally Guirado of the United Kingdom.

Ally, who is now in the second year of a Commerce degree at USC, was recently accepted into the 2013 summer vacation work placement program at the Sydney office of one of the world’s largest professional services companies, Deloitte.

The 23-year-old beat hundreds of other applicants to gain a place in the four-week program, which could open the doors to some rewarding networking, training and employment opportunities.

Ally was last year accepted into a prestigious development program with Deloitte, which boosted her chances of being accepted into the company’s vacation program and vindicated her decision to postpone her travel plans.

“My partner and I are from the UK and we were planning to travel around Australia for about two years from August 2010,” she said. “But after only one month from when we arrived in Perth, I decided that I wanted to go to university in Australia.

“I narrowed down my choices to study at either the University of the Sunshine Coast or in Newcastle. Everyone I spoke to said the Sunshine Coast was a nice place to live, so I decided to relocate here even though I had never been here before. I also liked the fact it was a smaller institution.”

Ally, who graduated from Frodsham Science and Technology College in North West England in 2005, said her desire to study Commerce came from a love of maths and time spent working in business.

“Since I left high school, I have always worked in administration and customer service but I knew I could only take my career so far without tertiary qualifications,” she said.

“I am really hoping I’ll be offered a graduate position with Deloitte once I complete their vacation program. They are one of the four biggest accounting firms in the world and I really enjoyed my time with them doing their development program.”

Ally’s dedication to study was highlighted at USC’s School of Business Awards and Prizes Ceremony recently when she and another student jointly received the $500 Institute of Chartered Accountants Prize for the Highest Achieving Student in the subject Financial Accounting.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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