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EY partner advises Masters Students to “be open” and “have a positive attitude” to succeed

11 Oct 2017

Masters Graduates need to be “open to new ways of thinking” and “have a positive attitude” if they wish to succeed in accounting, according to Ernst & Young (EY) Partner Katrina Zdrilic.

Nemone Goonasekera, Katrina Zdrilic and Kylie Wang

Nemone Goonasekera, Katrina Zdrilic and Kylie Wang

Ms Zdrilic was speaking at an event on what it takes to succeed in the accounting profession for the Business School’s Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting students.

“It’s important that students are not afraid to challenge things and are open to new ways of thinking that can assist with their own career development,” said Ms Zdrilic.

“But above all, attitude is up there as one of the most important attributes that graduates who do well have. With the right attitude all stress at work can be approached with a better mindset,” said Ms Zdrilic.

Ms Zdrilic has been with Ernst & Young for 27 years, since graduating from a Bachelor of Economics. She was appointed an Audit Partner at the firm in 2004.

According to Ms Zdrilic, to be considered by EY graduates must have a credit average, strong problem solving skills and strategic thinking skills, and great communication skills “to build relationships with colleagues and audit clients”.

“We do look for evidence of students’ extracurricular activities as I would much rather look beyond the academic transcript. What have you done to improve your well-being? To improve society?” said Ms Zdrilic.

The event was organised by the Master of Commerce Program Manger Kylie Wang and the Master of Professional Accounting Program Manager Nemone Goonasekera.

“It was a great initiative as many students are keen to have more engagement with industry and need insights and motivation to develop traits that make them graduate ready,” said Angela Hecimovic, an ex-auditor and Lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting.

“Katrina offered real practical advice and very honest insights into what it takes to succeed in a Big 4,” said Masters of Commerce student, Jaeyeon Gil.

“The event today was amazing,” said Masters of Professional Accounting student, Daisy (Xuan Feng). “Katrina shared very wonderful career considerations and life story, which are really worth thinking over.”

The Master of Professional Accounting Program exposes students to broad organisational, regulatory and market contexts in which accountants operate through advanced learning in practice and theory.

Graduates often become financial controllers, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, investment advisers and managers, management consultants and chief financial officers.

The Master of Commerce program offers more flexibility, allowing students to develop transferrable skills to advance in a wide range of specialisations.