Title Success Accounted For Degree of recognition Local Media name/outlet The West Australian newspaper Media type Duration/Length/Size 322 Words Country/Territory Australia Date 16/05/08 Description Curtin University of Technology graduate Bonnie Ansems was just 16 when she was recruited by a global accounting firm and now, at age 20, already has climbed the ranks to hold the position of senior consultant.
Ms Ansems said her rapid rise to success after graduating in 2006 was made possible by taking part in the Curtin accounting experience program offered by Curtin’s Business School.
The program prepares outstanding TEE accounting students for life in a real business environment, while also giving them the chance to work with international firm PricewaterhouseCoopers at the same time as they study for their accounting degree at Curtin.
“I was selected in Year 12 to participate in the Curtin accounting experience, which required me to attend classes at Curtin for three hours per week,” Ms Ansems said. “The program gave me a taste of university life and convinced me that I wanted to major in accounting.”
“My hard work paid off when I was awarded an interview with PricewaterhouseCoopers and, from this, offered a traineeship position.
“To have an employment contract with the largest accounting firm in the world before starting university was very exciting.”
She said although juggling study and work was a challenge, it was rewarding.
“I thoroughly enjoy my job and would recommend accounting as a career to anyone,” she said. “I think there is a misconception among young people that accounting is boring, however, in the business world, you discover there is so much more to it than just number crunching.
“I’ve now come full circle and I am back at Curtin once a week teaching first-year accounting students.”
Program co-ordinator Glen Hutchings said Ms Ansems had potential from day one and he was not surprised at her recent promotion.
“She was very dedicated, enthusiastic and possessed a strong work ethic,” Mr Hutchings said.
The Curtin accounting experience program has been running since 2000.
Persons Glen Hutchings