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Tahsin Quddus

Tahsin Quddus

Brilliant careers start here

16 December 2016

For Tahsin Quddus recent ANU graduate, a bright career with Deloitte awaits.  We caught up with Tahsin after her grad ceremony to discuss her time at the ANU College of Business and Economics

Why did you choose ANU?

Leaving school, I knew that I wanted to take my career into the business world. The career prospects were diverse and extensive, and I felt that the combination of Economics and Finance would best prepare me for my career.

Economics and Finance equips future leaders with a wide range of skills, tools and generalisable knowledge that is applicable and useful in a wide range of roles. Through Economics studies, students gain comprehensive understanding of markets, decision making, international trade, and the interaction between these and consumer, producer and government behaviour.

The Finance program provides students with tools to understand the workings of money markets, and skills in evaluating risks and value of companies and financial instruments. The knowledge and skills gained from these programs are not only transferrable to work, but everyday life as well.

Essentially, I hoped that an Economics/ Finance combination would provide me with the core tools, skills and knowledge I needed to launch my career into the business world; and it has.

What was your view of ANU before you arrived, and how has that changed over your time?

Prior to starting at ANU, I did not know much about the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) aside from the technical side of it being the location of offices for most CBE lecturers and tutors, and school under which all commerce-related programs fell under.

My time at ANU has completely changed this perception, as CBE’s functions go beyond just the administrative things. CBE offers support such as career and program guidance, which was very helpful for me in planning my degree. For each of my classes, academic help was always available, and I benefitted multiple times from lecturer and tutor consultations, and help desks in CBE designed to help students with their coursework.

Finally, the design of the CBE building is open and offers plenty of space for students to study independently or collaboratively with others. CBE’s cafe and new study space became a go-to between classes throughout my time at ANU. I was very much surprised at the community-like environment and support CBE had to offer. 

What was your favorite experience academically?

Some of the assignments I did in Finance courses were very rewarding. These assignments were practical and insightful, as we worked with real firm data and were given real-life problems to find solutions to. Not all skills can be taught, and we attained valuable knowledge through learning-by-doing. 

How have you grown as a result of uni life?

I expected campus life at ANU to be heavily centred on the academic side of things, and so I was pleasantly surprised by just how much more was happening. ANU’s campus has a lot of cafes and beautiful outdoor sitting areas, and so there are plenty of places to sit down and relax. It is easy to take a break and meet up with a friend over coffee or lunch. There are also numerous clubs and societies frequently offering a diverse range of events and activities which provide plenty of opportunity to meet new people and have fun.

This helped me learn to achieve a better balance between studying and other activities; it is important to remember to have fun and enjoy your time at uni too.

What are your plans for 2017?

In my penultimate year of uni, I did an internship at Deloitte Canberra and absolutely loved it. They offered me a graduate position in 2017, and so I will be working within their Consulting team in 2017. I highly recommend all CBE students to explore internship opportunities while they are studying. It’s a great way to get insight into what working in a particular area of interest is like, and may help you gauge where you want to start your career. 

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