Ashleigh Bradshaw


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Ashleigh Bradshaw

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Why did you want to become a CA Student Rep?

I think people underestimate the career options available to them if they were to study an accounting degree. This role has given me the opportunity to show those interested in an accounting degree the huge scope of careers and industries that would be available to them if they chose this pathway. Furthermore, as a CA Student Rep I knew I would have the wonderful opportunity to gain a better insight into the accounting industry and expand my network which is crucial to a successful career as an accountant.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

As someone who has grown up with a family who own their own business I really understand the struggles and hardships that come with this. I hope that my career as an accountant will enable me to help families, that were in similar situations as my own, turn their businesses around and allow them to continue to remain successfully trading and grow.

If you had any advice for your fellow students about tackling university or preparing for the 'real' world, what would it be?

I think you need to be realistic about what to expect when you get to university. At the University of South Australia we have a ten week semester, so that is a very short period of time to learn a very large amount of content. You have to work out what works for you, in terms of time management and studying techniques, very early on in the semester and stick to this in order to be successful. 

What was your fondest memory from university so far?

I think my fondest memory of University so far would be attending a two day workshop at EY. It was during this workshop that I had to opportunity to meet accounting students from other Universities who I am still very good friends two years later. It was a really fun two days and it was when I really learnt about the going-ons within an accounting firm and realised that I had made the right decision to choose an accounting degree.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying business/accounting?

Do it! Never once have I regretted my decision to studying a commerce/accounting degree because even without having yet started my career as an accountant I can already use the knowledge I have gained in my day-to-day life.