Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), 2011
Accountant, Ernst and Young
Within three short years Doug Francis has checked off a few of his high priorities.
Complete a degree in a great environment—easy.
Absorb a cultural experience in Asia—been there.
Gain a highly sought–after job—done that.
It’s a world full of opportunities for Doug Francis and his advice is simple—take advantage of them.
What attracted you to the position?
I wanted an accounting job which could give me exposure to a variety of clients. The other bonus to this position is that I work alongside highly regarded professionals who provide mentoring and advice that has been a great help with my career planning.
What do you enjoy most about the job?
I enjoy the excitement of working with new people and clients everyday. My role involves working across numerous clients and has provided the opportunity to travel locally and internationally. It’s never boring.
How has your degree helped you perform your duties?
The Bachelor of Commerce at USC has given me a strong foundation to allow me to be successful in my role. Studying a semester in Korea with the GO Program was also important in helping me develop my personal skills. The exposure to a different culture, teaching styles and ways of thinking has definitely made me a more effective communicator.
Why did you choose USC?
The ability to live at the beach while also studying at a first–class university that offered smaller class sizes, experienced teaching staff and industry–recognised study programs, made USC an obvious choice to complete my studies.
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to decide on a degree/career path such as yours?
My advice would be to take advantage of the top quality facilities and the opportunities that are available at USC, including the GO Program. I would also highly recommend gaining industry experience through internships while studying, as this will give you a competitive advantage over other graduates upon completing your degree.