Student Experience - Gagan's story
A little about me
My name is Gagan Shrestha and I am from Nepal. I came to Perth in 2017 and studied the Post-Graduate Qualifying Program in Business at ECC. I then studied a Master of Professional Accounting at ECU and graduated in 2019. Currently, I work at the Foodies Market in Perth as an Accountant.
How did the PQP course help you?
My Bachelor's degree in Nepal took only three years to complete, in Australia a Master’s degree for this course requires a minimum of four years or prior experience. Therefore, the Post-Graduate Qualifying Program helped me pathway into my Master's degree at ECU.
Why did you choose ECU?
At the time of my application, there were only a few institutions providing Pre-Masters courses, and ECU was one of them. I was choosing between two Sydney institutions and ECU in Perth. After comparing the fees, I found that tuition fees at ECU were lower. The cost of living in Perth is quite affordable too. I decided to go to ECU as an International student as it would save me money.
What support did you get at ECC and ECU?
We learned MYOB accounting software during the first semester of my degree, which is the same software I am using at work. Teachers at ECU are quite helpful, and they reply with your messages instantly; they are ready to solve your doubts. Teachers at ECC are fun and they make the classes very interesting and engaging.
How did you find your job?
I took an assistant accounting program outside of school. They provided more training on MYOB software and provided an internship after I graduated from ECU. After the internship, I submitted my resume on www.seek.com.au and I got the job. I am really happy that I work in the field that I studied. My scope of work includes accounts payables, accounts receivables and payroll.
What do you like about Perth?
It is said that Perth is one of the top 10 liveable cities in the world, after coming here I realise it is the best place to live. Especially as an international student, I found that the accommodation here is affordable and we even receive transportation services at a discounted price, which really helps international students. I also enjoy living in Perth as there are many attractions to visit.
What advice do you have for future students?
I think you should do your best at school and take as much additional learning outside of school. It is also important to get work experience wherever you can because it helps your resume to stand out and succeed in looking for a job.