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Bachelor of Commerce 2004
Multi-award winning Deakin graduate, Scott Murcutt is amazed at how his career has taken off since he joined Deutsche Bank's Melbourne office.
Scott was chosen from among hundreds of applicants for one of two coveted positions in Melbourne with Deutsche Bank's graduate recruitment program. He attributes his success to his extra curricular involvements and interests at Deakin as well as his academic achievements throughout his Bachelor of Commerce course.
'Employers don't just look at academic performance, they look at the whole person,' said Scott who enjoyed terms as president of Deakin's Accounting and Finance Society and treasurer of the Lutheran Students' Fellowship. As well as being a lot of fun, he said 'participation in extra curricular activities paints a much bigger picture because they can reflect qualities such as motivation, initiative, time management, commitment, team work and leadership skills, and a willingness to have a go and be challenged'.
Scott counts his term as Accounting and Finance Society president as one of his most rewarding experiences at Deakin.
'It gave me the opportunity to lead and coordinate a large body of students and liaise with employers to promote graduate recruitment programs', explained Scott who saw the society double in size to more than 300 members during his term.
Scott identified early that he wanted a career in international commerce and finance so set about plotting his pathway. Deakin was an appealing route because he could major in Accounting, Finance and Economics which would greatly enhance his flexibility in terms of employment. Deakin also offered the Dean's Scholarship Program which provides recipients with invaluable mentor support as well as a $2,000 a year grant and . In addition, Deakin offered and accelerated studies. The relatively small campus at Burwood meant better student to lecturer ratios.
According to plan, Scott was awarded a scholarship and three years later, at the end of 2003, he completed his Bachelor of Commerce course, majoring in Accounting, Finance and Economics. Along the way he collected a swag of academic awards and topped off his degree with the prestigious Alfred Deakin Medal for academic achievement and contributions to university life, the Dean's Merit Award, and the CPA award for the best accounting graduate.
While Scott's course load was fairly demanding, 'it kept him on his toes and prevented him from becoming complacent'. It was part of the Deakin experience that helped secure him the heady start to the career of his choice.
Scott is currently Vice-President, Equity Capital Markets with Deutsche Bank.