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Vidthyany graduation story

Vidthyany lands her dream job

12 July 2017

Vidthyany Ananthapavan is graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws.
She grew up in Dubbo NSW, and when it came time to choose a university, decided to come to ANU because she felt more enthusiastic about making the transition to Canberra rather than Sydney.

“It was a toss-up between Sydney and Canberra, but Canberra was more attractive to me as a place to live. It felt more like home, Canberra is just that bit smaller and quieter, combining that country-town feel with the buzz of the city. For me it was just the kind of environment I wanted to study in.”

For her first three years she lived on campus at Burgmann College, and says that experience made her time at ANU a lot easier.

“It was a really welcoming place to live. As soon as I arrived I felt at home in the Burgmann community. Many of my neighbours have become my closest friends.”

“Living on campus made getting active in campus-life easy. I joined several student societies and took up the opportunities that I saw, all of which has made my university experience richer. I don’t think I would have had the same opportunity to do that if I hadn’t lived here on the campus.”

During her time at ANU she’s been heavily involved in the ANU Regional and Rural Remote Students Society (as President, Secretary and Social Officer), and also co-founded the ANUSA START Small Business Program, which helped nurture and launch a couple of promising business ventures by ANU students.

Vidthyany has also recently done some pro-bono consulting for the Australian-Indonesian Youth Association, worked in an admin role at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and completed an internship through the College of Business and Economics with ANU Student Experience and Career Development.

She says one of the highlights of her time at ANU was participating in student competitions run by the ANU Actuarial, Finance, Economics, Commerce Students’ Society (AFEC) where students had the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to work in a consultancy firm.

“Those competitions gave me my first idea of what consultancy was. In one of them we did well and placed, and in the other one we completely bombed, but I think on reflection, both of those experiences were really good learning experiences for me. I loved the experience, analysing the case profile and collaborating with my team to find a creative solution for the client.”

Vidthyany has just started a graduate job at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as an Economics and Policy Consultant.

“It’s a dream job for me and a brilliant opportunity. I actually interned with them back in 2015 and loved it so taking the graduate job was a no-brainer. After all of my experiences at ANU, I knew that this was the kind of work I wanted to do. I now get to work as part of a great team seeking to unravel real-world problems.”

Updated:   12 July 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team