Published 3 October 2017
Ada Batsaki (born in Greece) first arrived in Australia in May 2014 with big hopes for her future and soon began her Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at KBS. After studying hard for two years, she decided in trimester 3 of 2016 to take on an internship at Bongiorno & Partners in Melbourne. This niche firm specialises in accounting and financial planning services for the health and dental industries.
Ada was determined to prove to Bonjiorno and Partners that she was committed to learning as much as possible. She worked tirelessly during her placement, and her hard work paid off. The business loved her tenacity, and at the end of her internship, she was offered paid employment. Three years since she arrived in Australia she’s now graduated from her bachelor’s degree, is fluent in English and working for the firm full-time.
We caught up with Ada recently to find out what this journey was like from her perspective. Here’s some of Ada’s story.
I wanted to build a great life in a well-structured society with more potential for career development. Also, Australian Universities have a good reputation.
Why did you choose to study at KBS?
KBS seemed an affordable choice with high education standards and my immigration agent recommended it to me at that time.
Did KBS Careers Central help you in establishing your career?
Angelique (from Careers Central) helped me when I needed a part-time job while studying. She also found me my first internship in administration, to try and assist me in getting used to the Australian working environment. The Internship Coordinator also helped a great deal by recommending me to Intern Gateway (internship provider) as a diligent accounting student. Through this, Intern Gateway provided me with my second internship in a reputable well-established accounting firm, which eventually became my current employer.
Why would an employer be lucky to have you working for them?
I bring with me a good work ethic, professionalism, enthusiasm, positivity and a constant desire to learn every day.
What do you do outside of KBS?
I like exploring greater Victoria with my partner, going for walks and coffees, reading literature and playing video games on my computer.
What is your biggest career achievement so far?
In a foreign country, with English as my second language, I managed during my internship to secure a permanent accounting position. This was in a well-established accounting firm and me with no local experience. The only ‘weapons’ I had were impeccable communication skills, professionalism and hard work.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
A permanent resident of Australia, living in Melbourne and being close to a Senior Accounting position in the company I work for now.
At KBS, we understand how hard our students work to get what they want in life, so we think it’s important to celebrate their successes. We’re so proud of Ada for her achievements, and we’d like to say special thanks to her for choosing to study with us. It’s been an honour to have you, Ada, and good luck with the rest of your career!