After graduating from Deakin with a commerce degree, Fiona Campbell has gone on to a successful accounting career – and travelled the world along the way.
Career path and highlights
Passing my CA, co-authoring a textbook on auditing, becoming a Partner, being appointed to the International Auditing & Assurance Standards Board (2015) and travelling extensively over my 25+ years with EY.
Q&A with Fiona Campbell
What were some of the memorable experiences you had at Deakin?
I absolutely loved my time at Deakin University and often remark that they were some of the best years of my life (so far). I lived on campus (or, on res, as we referred to it) for all three years of my degree and made life-long friends. The social side of university, and residential life, was certainly a highlight and was often the cause for some late night last-minute cramming for tests and exams! While I enjoyed the classes, I particularly enjoyed listening to and talking with tutors and lecturers who had either worked, or were currently working, out in the real world. The perspectives they were able to bring to the theory we were learning was exciting!
Did you learn anything from your Deakin studies to take directly to the workforce?
I learned that even when I failed, I learned something. I also learned that hard work pays off. If you’re willing to work hard and have a go, you’ll learn lots and be given even more opportunities.
Can you give any advice to our current students?
Don’t underestimate yourself and what you could bring to the ‘DNA’ of a large firm like EY. Just because you didn’t get the best marks ever in all your subjects or had to work part-time to put yourself through university doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least think about starting your career with a big organisation. Don’t be intimidated. Be proud!