Jessica Fung

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  • Email: careers.nsw@charteredaccountantsanz.com
  • Campus: University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW

Jessica Fung

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Business Majoring in Accounting/Bachelor of Law.

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

I want to ensure that all young people are given the opportunity to pursue their interests, and experience opportunities that will allow them to grow and discover where their passions lie. I hope to inspire this difference by being a key example of how getting actively involved with societies, volunteering and work opportunities can bring about these experiences. Pursuing my interests in business has allowed me to take on a role as a Careers Portfolio Subcommittee member at UTS BSoc and as an exec at Beta Alpha Psi (an honours society for Accounting, Finance and IT students).

These roles have allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and collaborate with groups of like-minded students who are also finding their passion for the business field. I encounter students everyday and being able to tell them about the things I'm proud to be a part of, is one way I hope to inspire them.

What are your career/life aspirations?

As an aspiring professional, I am driven by the long term desire to become a business leader who can make an impact on the lives of young people and empower them to pursue a career in what they are passionate about doing. I hope to achieve this by entering into the commercial industry, and becoming a consultant and one day as my own boss in my own firm.

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 to jump right in! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and make the first move. Introduce yourself to a new friend and you could be making a lifelong friendship or expand your network at the very least. Always ask questions if you have any doubts and if you have the slightest interest in something but you're unsure, just do it! That's how I've found myself being part of the Careers Team at UTS and BSoc, and how I found my current legal internship. The only real preparation you can do is to be prepared to try it out, do your research, go to Careers fairs or ask senior students what you can expect in a subject.

What was your fondest memory from university so far?

My fondest memory from university so far has been going to the orientation camps with BSoc and the Law Students' Society in first year. I didn't know anyone at the time, so I was definitely out of my comfort zone at the time. However, after spending two nights with the other first years, I was able to make my first university friends that I still know today! It was definitely a great way to build up those first initial networks and built the foundation for my university experience.

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

It could be one of the best decisions they will make as a young person. Business equips you with the skills needed to understand how the world works and how the services we use and products we buy are all derived from some sort of business. Knowing how to lead a team, market a product, or make your business idea profitable are only some of the things you would be learning and applying to real life situations as you explore what you want to do. If you have even the slightest interest in what a business does, I would definitely say follow that interest and see where business takes you.