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A confidence building exercise

16 July 2019

4 minute read

Fresh out of college, Gong Yu was initially unsure about her decision to immediately pursue higher education. However, her hesitation was momentary as her confidence kept building with every week at the Australian National University (ANU).

“I had graduated in June 2017 and by July 2017 I was already at ANU. I earlier thought that the move was too hasty but not anymore. I have absolutely no regrets about my decisions as I have learnt a lot, which has eventually helped me find a job,” Gong said. 

Having completed her Bachelor of Economics in China, Gong said she wanted to study overseas for an international experience.

“I initially wanted to go to UK universities but the courses appeared too rushed as the Master’s degree that I was looking would be completed within 18 months. In my view, Chinese students like me are more confident with a longer period of study. This was a deal breaker for me,” Gong recalled.

Accordingly, Gong had redirected her focus to Australia; adding that she applied to the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) for its “variety and flexibility.”

“Even before I began my classes, there were heaps of workshops for me to attend that attuned my essay writing and referencing skills to the University’s style. The workshops helped immensely with my academic writing abilities that I later came to realise was critical in my studies,” she added.

Moreover, during her first semester at ANU, Gong remembers a “sympathetic moment” that helped her find accommodation in Canberra.

“On my first Market day, one of the members from the on-campus graduate houses guided me in the right direction to look for accommodation outside ANU. Even though the member didn’t have an accommodation for me there was still such a sympathetic approach that eased my distress at that moment,” Gong remembered.

As her semesters progressed, Gong realised that she was increasingly growing in confidence every week.

“I grew confident in every sense. I would progressively change the way I was thinking, taking notes and writing my essays. There was a high value of academic knowledge that I was gaining,” she said.

Gong studied a Master of Applied Finance and was the recipient of the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics’ Master of Financial Economics Scholarship.

In addition to the College’s flexibility and academic rigour Gong believes she received significant help from the CBE Careers team, which equipped her with professional skills to analyse and communicate.

“As a part of the CBE Internship Program, I interned with the investment department of a security company in China and that experience enhanced my professional capabilities and me get a job,” Gong added.

After she graduates, Gong will be working as an investment analyst in a prominent real estate company in Shenzhen, China.

The ANU College of Business and Economics offers an extensive range of specialised programs in Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics. Click here for more details.


Updated:   11 February 2020 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team