Benjamin Sasson

Details

  • Email: careers.wa@charteredaccountantsanz.com
  • Campus: Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA

Ben Sasson

What are you studying?

Law and Accounting.

Why did you want to become a CA Student Rep?

I wanted to become a CA Student Rep for three main reasons. Firstly, I feel that becoming a CA Student Rep provides the perfect platform for both positive and productive student-to-student engagement with a focus on industry and career networking. Secondly, I find that being part of a process that assists students with opening new doors and opportunities to advance with their career incentives is exceptionally rewarding. The reason for this is that I have experienced, first hand, the awful dread associated with a lack of career direction and industry-linking opportunities, so to aid other students through this potentially difficult stage in their lives is definitely worth my time and effort. The final reason is that becoming a CA Student Rep is immensely valuable in its professional development and leadership prospects.

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

I want to make a difference in the world by guiding the current generation into a an ever-growing industry that allows them to transition from student life, into an independent, self-sufficient working life where they are unobstructed to reach their full potential. Whether that be from providing networking opportunities, to simply advising someone on how they should dress for their next job interview. I feel that it is an important cause and one that I am happy to dedicate time and effort towards.

What you are interested in outside of Uni and work?

I have a few hobbies and interests that make up my life outside of Uni and work. The first is that I am an avid squash player. I can have quite a competitive nature and I find that social squash tournaments with my friends are a great way for me to get some physical exercise and have a lot of fun. 

Another interest of mine is cooking. I have a very diverse background with Middle Eastern, Burmese and Singaporean ties giving me an endless supply of recipes and ideas of things to cook for my family and friends.

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

My advice would be that there is no better time to act than now. When I first started my uni life I had a very simple mindset of "Oh well, I'm just in my first year, I've got plenty of time to get working experience or make career changing connections. Besides, there's not much I can do as a first year anyway." It took me a whole year to realise that there are always opportunities to better your chances of landing a good job after uni. There will always be people happy to help you, It's just up to you to help yourself and find those opportunities.

What do you wish other people knew about studying business/accounting?

The main thing that I wish other people knew about studying business/accounting is that the idea that an accountant has to be someone who sits in an office, behind a desk, 9-5, 5 days a week is incorrect. Accounting is one of the most diverse disciplines that one can study. This is because EVERY industry requires an accountant. If you're passionate about AFL, the West Coast Eagles have an accountant. If you're passionate about the fashion industry, Burberry have an audit director. Accounting is a path that can lead you to infinite destinations.