USP Alumni Network

Name: Georgina Vira

Country: Vanuatu

Programme: Bachelor of Education (2003)


Why did you choose your field of study?

My mother is an accountant and teacher at the same time.  She has always inspired me with her words of wisdom and she was a perfect example of a good accountant and an awesome teacher so I was inspired to follow in her footsteps.

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP? 
The BEd program comprised of two majors-one in education and the other in Accounting and Financial Management. Studying double majors is always a challenge. Staying up late and into the early hours of the morning studying and revising for exams with lots of coffee and great friends and discussion groups has made this a more exciting and rewarding experience. With the assistance of wonderful lecturers and assistants who can spare their time to explain the often abstract concepts in accounting made university life a more exciting experience for me. Meeting and interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds was also a wonderful experience.
Greatest achievement[s] as a student My greatest achievement as a student was being one of the first graduates of the BEd in Accounting and Financial Management program in Vanuatu.

Career Highlights since Graduation
•    Senior Accounting teacher at Matevulu College
•    Senior Finance Officer-Management Accounting at the VNPF(Vanuatu National Provident Fund)
•    Senior Finance Officer-Digicel (Vanuatu) Ltd
•    Accountant-QBE Insurance (Vanuatu) Ltd
•    Senior Accounting Trainer-Vanuatu Institute of Technology

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I credit my success first of all to my mum and dad. For encouraging me every step of the way, the lessons I learned from my mistakes and teaching me to always go the extra miles even when situations seem impossible.  Secondly to my sponsors the Vanuatu Government and the Australian Government especially Project Manager, Mr. Tony Austin for his heartfelt contributions in ensuring the completion of my studies.  Thirdly to the wonderful friends who make uni life an interesting place to be by the unconditional love and friendship they offered. Lastly to everyone who has contributed to my studies in one way or the other especially the friendly staff of the USP Laucala Campus, Emalus Campus and the Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit for their superb student support services.
The thing that inspires me is the drive to become successful in everything I do, the courage to meet new challenges and the curiosity for learning new things and ideas.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
•    It has provided me with the basis of becoming an independent, critical and analytical thinker in any situation. The challenges it offers through its courses has created a foundation for a positive approach towards meeting new horizons. The friendly and willing support and mentoring from my senior lecturers and tutors motivated and taught me to persevere despite the challenges faced. USP has a great learning environment and combined with the diversity of its students, it is a great place to study.

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges?
•    Dealing with workloads is always a challenge but commitment and perseverance come hand in hand
•    You need to love what you do so your job doesn’t become a burden
•    Carry out every little bit of task with your hand and your heart that way the work you do will shine for others to see and learn at the same time
•    Never give up. The first time you fail will only be a stepping stone to another level of success in your life
•    Always receive challenges with a positive approach

Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)?
•    Obtaining my PhD and being a central part of the Vanuatu Government in promoting accounting education both in the formal and informal sectors of education.
•    Be a senior lecturer in Accounting and/or Forensic Accounting at any university in Vanuatu or the region and
•    Running my own business training organization which will reach out to the community especially to women and young girls who do not have opportunities to continue in formal learning.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Always think positive of yourself and what you do. Nothing is ever too difficult to achieve if you set your mind to it. Put God first in everything you do and he will reward you. He is the God of possibilities so put your trust in him, do your part and he will make you successful in whatever you pursue.

Please share 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.
•    Always think positive of yourself
•    Do your best in whatever little task you are given. Do it with your heart.
•    Spend your time wisely so you do not regret it later

What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated?
I have been a tutor in Accounting courses especially AF101, AF100 and AFF01 and AFF02 at the Emalus Campus DFL Centre in 2005 and 2007.

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