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CBS graduate multi-tasks his way to the top

Curtin Business School (CBS) graduate Matthew Brennan is no stranger to multi-tasking, successfully juggling the roles of student, volunteer, mentor, traveller, athlete and hard worker, all while studying his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting). This leaves Matthew well prepared for the demands of his new job at Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Matthew studied hard during his degree, receiving a Distinction grade average and landing himself in the top five per cent of students based on exam results. At the same time he was also readily involved in Curtin’s mentor program and other extra-curricular student experiences.
“I enjoyed the student club experience such as the CBS Wall Street Chapter which provides innovative technology and industry relevant training and presentations to business students,” Matthew said. “Opportunities like that were amongst the leading reasons why I chose to stay at CBS, and even lead to the creation of my own educational and entertaining business article webpage.”

Keen to get a foot in the door of the business world, Mathew also worked at two accounting firms respectively during his studies. He said the relevance of a CBS accounting degree became readily apparent once he starting working in the industry. “For example, my degree encompassed a unit covering relevant accounting software packages,” Matthew said. “This was supplemented by a strong dosage of practical application and theoretical background to actually understand what was taking place and it definitely came in handy in the workplace.”

In addition to juggling these demands, Matthew was successfully completing his bronze and silver awards in the Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) program, and is soon due to complete his gold.”The DOE is a leadership program which required me to participate in an adventurous journey as well as undertake regular sporting and volunteering commitments. This program, my studies and my extra-curricular activities at Curtin complimented each other and helped me to develop my organisational abilities. Matthew’s athletic ability further extended to four Football Premierships and Best on Ground award.

Not content to stay on home shores, Mathew also undertook a student exchange trip to Russia in 2011/2012. He says the ability to study abroad was one aspect of Curtin that shaped him into the strong and independent graduate he has become. “Contrasting studying abroad in the snow of Florence, to the White Nights (20 hours of daylight) in St Petersburg, to a totally altogether different experience in the Netherlands has not only given me the travel bug, but a unique perspective on life and a desire to seize my opportunities,” Matthew said. “Travelling has allowed me to foster strong friendships domestically and abroad, as well as enlightened me on who I am and who I want to be.”

Matthew’s organisation and academic success has landed him a job at Price Waterhouse Coopers in the private clients sector, which he believes his studies and experiences have readily prepared him for. “Having a Curtin degree is considered favourable, and the partner who interviewed me for the position at PWC made no attempt to disguise the positive significance a Curtin degree could have for my job prospects. Studying at CBS provided me with professional development, learning and growth opportunities which I’m extremely grateful for.”