You might think moving from the Sydney to Moree, in far north NSW, would be a huge life adjustment for a University of New South Wales graduate, but not for Ethan Muddle.
Ethan, 22, made the move for a position with Boyce Chartered Accountants after a positive and hands-on experience with the company through its Tony Quirk Accounting Scholarship.
The first-time scholarship recipient says he had never thought to apply for a scholarship before meeting the Managing Director at the CAANZ Employment Evening in Sydney who told him of the opportunities available with the company.
“I applied later that week and was fortunate enough to be offered a spot,” Ethan says, explaining the scholarship changed his career trajectory quickly.
“Throughout high school and uni I worked on the family oyster farm in Port Stephens. This involved a fair bit of travel to and from Sydney during uni. The Boyce scholarship allowed me to cut back on work a little bit, leaving more time for study and other activities.”
The scholarship also provides opportunities for work placements during university breaks for recipients, and Ethan has nothing but positive praise for the program.
“The placements were a fantastic opportunity to put some practical experience behind what I was learning in the classroom. The practical knowledge and training at Boyce helped immensely with my remaining semesters at uni because I had already had a first-hand go at what was being taught.”
Ethan is now finished with uni and has settled into the Moree community, having already purchased his first home.
“I am lucky enough to work with a great bunch of people and Boyce offers great career potential, with a focus on training and development. They are also flexible in their approach and work together with you to help with your personal career goals. The company also gives financial and study leave assistance towards completing the Chartered Accountants program or CPA program, an important step in any career in accountancy.”
“The laid-back social scene and ease of getting around are also a welcome change from the busy atmosphere of Sydney. Moree is a great spot and is still reasonably close to the coast and home, I can drive there in a day.”
Boyce Managing Director, Phil Alchin says the firm is committed to promoting opportunities for aspiring young accountants who wish to have a fulfilling and rewarding career in regional Australia.
The scholarship was created to honour the memory of Tony Quirk, a former Boyce Director who was appointed as a director when he was just 27. Boyce, in conjunction with the University of New England (UNE) Business School, where Tony studied, developed the program to provide accounting students with financial support and a clearly defined career path. The Tony Quirk Scholarship is in its third year and is now open to students at all univerisites.
Boyce is a valued and long-standing partner of the Country Education Foundation of Australia.
If you haven’t thought about applying for scholarships while you’re at university, you should – they can change your life. Along with tips, tricks and advice on how to survive your years at university our University Survival Guide includes where to find scholarships and how to build the courage to apply for them.