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ECU Accounting student reaches finals of Top 100 Future Leaders Competition

Friday, 02 February 2018

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Bachelor of Business student Maryanne Hill is a finalist in the KPMG Accounting Award at the Top 100 Future Leaders Competition, and the only finalist from ECU in 2018!

Maryanne will travel to Sydney this month to compete and hopes to continue the School of Business and Law’s winning streak, following Sierra Hudson’s win in 2017. Sierra won the national award for marketing in the Nestle Marketing category.

Maryanne applied for the Top 100 Future Leaders Competition, as a way to meet employers and further her chance at successfully gaining a graduate position when she graduates.

“When I started the application process I realised it is the same process that is used by graduate recruiters. I thought this would be great practice because I will be applying for vacation work at the end of February. Being a finalist in this competition also allows me to network with employees from KPMG and other organisations.”

Formerly an accounts clerk, Maryanne started studying at ECU to further her career prospects and has thrown herself into her studies.

“I enjoy the curiosity aspect that comes with accounting and decided to take my career to the next level which meant completing an accounting degree.

“I’ve sacrificed so much in order to get my degree and that’s why I take advantage of every opportunity. I’m a student representative for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as well as being involved in ENACTUS, Golden Key International Honour Society and the Alumni Mentoring program.”

As part of the Alumni Mentoring Program, Maryanne was paired up with Assistant Commissioner, Tim Roach from the Australian Taxation Office. Tim said Maryanne’s inclusion in the competition is a testament to her talent and drive.

Maryanne advocates that students should take advantage of events and clubs outside of their studies to give them the edge when applying for jobs.

“I can’t recommend enough for students to get involved in as many opportunities as possible. Through my involvement in the different groups I have spoken to several HR representatives and they all like to see that you’ve done something else other than study.”

“Employers need to know you’re a team player and this brings out all of those critical skills that produce a well-rounded individual. If you’ve given up your time for something that means a lot to them. Remember, anybody can get a degree but how are you going to differentiate yourself from the student next to you?”

Maryanne will begin competing in the Top 100 Future Leaders Competition 2018 in Sydney on February 8.

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