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Tom Wilkins, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws

Tom Wilkins

Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws

Tom Wilkins has gained a unique understanding of multinational business by studying a double degree of a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

By taking part in the 2015 International Business Plan Competition he was able to experience setting up a consultancy firm and giving clients advice on growing globally.

What are you studying, and why did you choose this degree?

I currently study a double-degree of a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws. Both degrees give me broad exposure to the dynamics of multinational business. In particular, I get to see things from a highly analytical perspective with my legal-hat, and a highly commercial perspective with my commerce-hat.

How are you finding your studies so far?

My studies most recently have led me to participate in the 2015 ANU International Business Plan Competition with Dr Vinh Lu. This competition places students participating in the International Marketing course with real clients. Through developing real solutions, I can apply what I learn in class to create substantial growth for businesses.

There are also so many extracurricular activities for students to undertake at the ANU. I’ve participated in Touch Rugby, the Interhall Social Committee, as well as taking leadership roles in my Residential Hall.

What is the best thing about studying at ANU?

Staff, students and culture. The staff of ANU are among the best in the world, with many lecturers in the CBE particularly, coming to the college with a strong reputation in the Private Sector.

Going to university throws students into the same boat: make new friends, grow into a strong citizen, and let your hair down as much as you can. ANU Students are a cut above, with the close-knit quality of the University bringing us all together.

What are your career goals?

I would love to pursue a career in Consulting. I feel this is a job where I would be able to use both my analytical skills from Law and my business skills from Commerce to create effective solutions for firms, governments, or private clients.

During the 2015 International Business Plan Competition at the ANU, I was able to create my own consultancy firm with three colleagues, and to give our client the greatest potential to grow globally.

Do you live on campus? If so, how do you find this experience?

Having previously lived on campus, I found the experience to be very maturing. I lived in the University’s self-catered accommodation, which meant I had to cook, clean, and administer my own life. It’s confronting at first, but overcoming this challenge is among my proudest achievements at university. I would highly recommend living on campus.

If you don’t live on campus, do you have a favourite spot at ANU where you like to hang out?

Now that I have moved off campus, I like to go to The Coffee Grounds a lot. The Coffee Grounds is a café located at the University gym that serves some of the tastiest food on campus. It’s also a great place to study with some music and food to keep you going. Every student’s favourite commodity is also sold at The Coffee Grounds – Coffee! My friends all love it, so you can probably find me there with my laptop and headphones.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your study? Are you involved in any sports, societies or student clubs?

I try to keep as much of my downtime to myself now. I used to be involved with the UniLodge Residents’ Committee, but my studies and extended commitments this semester with the International Business Plan Competition have required all of my time.

What is your favourite thing about Canberra?

Being at the heart of the Nation’s capital means you are exposed to a lot of the political events that occur. I love that Canberra is where the cogs of the nation turn. For the less political-hearted, Canberra has some of the best food in the country. Indeed, the restaurant in my building has recently been awarded a Hat, which is really exciting. If that doesn’t entice you, then I’d say the best thing about Canberra is its unique feeling. Nowhere else in Australia will you find a city feel in what is, essentially, a country town. It’s truly individual and I am very proud to call Canberra my adopted home.

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