When you were a student, what did you want to do beyond year 12? What are you doing now?

I originally wanted to become an accountant, but my first graduate position outside of uni was a Graduate Auditor and now I’m in the Financial Planning industry as a Financial Planning Assistant.

What do you love about the type of work you do?

I love the variety of the work and the wonderful clients I get to interact with. Each day is a different day in financial planning, and that’s why I love it. I’m also currently studying my Diploma of Financial Planning.

What’s one of your most vivid memories of your time at the college?

Graduation was probably my most vivid memory of BSSC. To know that all the hard work from VCE had come to an end was a pretty awesome feeling and to know that I had so many opportunities ahead was also great.

Was there a particular teacher or staff member who inspired you?

Prue Winter was definitely one of my favourite teachers. She took me under her wing when I was battling with anxiety throughout Year 12 and guided me along the way. Also Steve Boyle, Mark Lau and Annemarie Burgess were great teachers too! My teachers made Year 12 so much more bearable.

Were you involved with any extra-curricular activities – student council, sporting teams, other groups?

I was involved in the Specialist Commerce Program with Frank O’Neill in Year 12, and that was great fun.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

My advice to my 16-year-old self is: “believe in yourself more, and to know that life does get better beyond Year 12.”