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From Bachelor of Accounting to KPMG consultant

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When Tom Dang arrived from Vietnam, he was excited to start studying a Bachelor of Accounting with CDU. It didn’t take long before his efforts were noticed.

“When I was studying, I focused on improving my communication skills and networking by connecting with other students and professors,” says Tom. “It really paid off as I was invited to KPMG’s networking event, where I showed off my skills and got offered a graduate position.

I’m currently working as a consultant at KPMG’s advisory practice.”

Making the right connections

Networking through CDU provides the perfect stepping stone for students who are ready for the workforce.

“CDU’s networking events and careers team are very diligent in helping students to meet prospective employers,” says Tom.

“I’ve heard about lots of other students in other fields of study who also attended networking events with great success.

Having a good network in Darwin is one of the most important things to advance your career. It’s a small town, and everyone knows each other, so making a good impression is important.”

Becoming a local

It didn’t take long for Tom to feel at home in Darwin.

“The tropical weather in Darwin is similar to Vietnam and I like the slow and chill atmosphere here,” he says. “I love the balance of work and life.

There are lots of things to do and markets to visit and it’s nice to have such beautiful beaches just five minutes away from where I work. I go to the beach often just to walk or to read a book.”

Building friendships

Since arriving in Darwin, Tom has made lots of new friends.

“I think that Darwin is one of the easiest places in Australia to make friends,” he says.

“The friendly culture just rubs off on you which gives you the confidence to walk up to a person and introduce yourself. “I’ve made more friends here in Darwin than anywhere else in Australia.”

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