16 April 2013
A new University of the Sunshine Coast graduate is already hard at work with the auditing team of a leading financial services firm.
Lauren Statham, 21, officially received her Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at the USC Graduation Ceremony on Friday 5 April.
Formerly of Glenview, Lauren moved to Brisbane to accept the job of accountant in the Private Enterprise (Audit) division of KPMG Brisbane in February.
She gained the position after completing a vacation program with that division.
“As an auditor, I work as part of a team tasked with independently examining the financial statements of organisations; in an effort to determine whether the statements present a ‘true and fair’ view of the organisation,” she said.
“I travel to and work with business in wide variety of industries. I enjoy my job as it is challenging and exciting having the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and continuously expand my skills.”
Lauren said her USC degree had prepared her well for her career.
“The most obvious advantage of studying Accounting at USC was the high standard of teaching,” she said.
“I had such passionate lecturers and tutors and I was able to study in a casual and relaxed environment.
“The internships and work experience I completed as part of my degree allowed me to apply the knowledge and skills I had gained in a real-world setting.”
These positions included General Store Finance Co-Manager at the Woodford Folk Festival and Finance Officer of USC SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise).
Lauren said her role as a USC Student Ambassador gave her communication skills and confidence.
“Also of particular benefit were the careers workshops and seminars run by CareerConnection. The skills I gained in these sessions played an invaluable role in the graduate application process, especially in helping me get through those nerve-wracking interviews,” she said.
Lauren started attending USC as a Year 11 student at Siena Catholic College, through USC’s Headstart program.
Headstart is a transition program that allows Year 11 and 12 students to undertake USC courses while still completing high school, to give them a taste of university life and help prepare them for future studies.
— Julie Schomberg