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Gwen Ayong

What is your home country?

What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
Accounting and Management and graduated last year 2012 at Emalus campus

What was your most memorable moment as a student?
Studying in the Library early in the morning and sleepless nights staying up to finish assignments and last minute studying for exams 

Describe your experience while studying at USP. 
In my first year at USP I went through a lot of challenges and I wasnít getting good grades cause I had to adjust myself to the Fiji culture plus my brain wasnít really in the school mode but in my second the third year things got better and was able to finish my studies in the 3 years of my award

What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
I grew to be more mature in how I think and do things plus trained myself in time management

After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
I have just started working, I am now working in a company worth millions of dollars but is in the brick of bankruptcy so me and my team hope to bring it back to life.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
Helped me to be proactive, use my time wisely and also speak with confidence.

After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
Havenít any at the moment but I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained 

What inspires you and why?
My inspiration in life comes from my Father and Mother who have never stopped praying, giving me advice and most importantly have never given up on me. I remember when I was little my father asked me what I wanted to become when I grow up and I said and accountant, so as I went through my years at school they have always reminded me of my dream as a little girl, In year 12 which is Form 6 I wasnít doing well, my grades were poor and peer pressure began to put my mind astray from my dream eventually I was on the verge of not sitting my PSSC exams, but my parents never gave up on me but kept encouraging me, eventually I sat the PSSC exams and in my mind I knew I had failed but when the results came out I topped the students in my school and went on to Form 7. After Form 7 I was the only student in Form 7 given a scholarship to further my accounting in FIT did my diploma and came home. I then went through a hard life after that but my parents never gave up on me and then was given the opportunity again to further my studies in accounting at USP where I graduated last year 2012. 

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
My advice would be if you have been working for many years and then you switch to school in my experience the first year will be a bit difficult to switch quickly from work mode to school mode, however it is very important that you have a discussion group where you can talk about what you have learnt because we understand things differently plus its very important to have friends where you can share study tips, notes or exam tips and so on. Time management to is very important because time wasted is time lost and time lost is money lost so we all want to make use of our time so we can be proud of ourselves and the end when we get our certificate. Most importantly its important to be yourself.

Please share your top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out on their career paths.

  • Honesty Ė be honest when looking for a career I know that when you go to job interviews its easy to exaggerate about ourselves even though we know very well that we donít have those high skills cause this will make it easy when you get that job cause you donít have to pretend
  • Trustworthy Ė its important that your employer can trust you whether it be with money or working hours, your employer must be able to feel that they trust us  even when we are left without a higher authority in the office.
  • Proactive Ė being proactive is very important, employers like people who can think for themselves, can get on with a task without being told all the time what work needs to be done



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