In today’s fast-moving and complex business environment, a comprehensive understanding of all business functions, in combination with a set of practical skills, will enable you to succeed as an in-demand business professional.
Macquarie’s commerce programs prepare you to become a business professional in a wide range of careers.
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Jonathan Yeo's exposure to Macquarie University first came about during his time as a local school student, when he would come to the University for excursions and to use the library facilities for study.
"I was impressed with the grounds, and the modern facilities. This is when I first thought that I would like to study here when I graduated high school."
Seeing how his older sister, Joy, was enjoying her Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree from Macquarie helped affirm Jonathan's opinion that he should also study here. Along with Macquarie's prominent reputation, specifically for the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree, Jonathan made the decision to study at Macquarie. He was accepted into the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program at Macquarie, and began full time employment at Pitcher Partners whilst studying.
"The flexibility and availability of the units offered meant I could balance my work and study commitments."
The success begins
Jonathan is now a Chartered Accounting (CA) and manager at Pitcher Partners (an accounting, auditing and advising firm) who oversees a pool of approximately 30 staff members.
"I appreciate the practical, real life skills I learnt in my accounting degree and this helped to equip me for success later in life."
Jonathan is passionate about recruiting and mentoring the accountants of the future.
"As a manager, graduates I interview and hire from Macquarie are work place ready - and I believe this is because of the practical aspects offered in the degree."
A continuing connection
The Yeo family connection to Macquarie University continues, as Jonathan and Joy's younger sister Jocelyn is now a current student studying the Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing).
"Our career success following our graduation was an influencing factor in Jocelyn's decision to study at Macquarie."
Jonathan actively keeps in touch with many students he met during his time at Macquarie, many who he believes will be life long friends.
"It's great that we now get to share in each others success, and although we are now working in different parts of the world - we are all bonded from our time together at Macquarie."
With a commerce related degree your door is open to most sectors and organisations. Employers can include:
- accounting and consulting firms
- business analyst firms
- financial institutions
- government organisations
- management consultancy firms
- marketing and PR firms
- media agencies
- multinational enterprises
- NGOs (non-government organisations)
- public relation firms
- publishing firms
Career Opportunities can include:
- advertising professional
- branding professional
- business analyst
- business development manager
- corporate governance risk officer
- economic policy advisor
- export and import manager
- financial analyst
- financial crime analyst
- general manager
- human resource manager
- innovation manager
- investment manager
- management consultant
- management consultant
- market analyst
- market researcher
- marketing professional
- product development manager
- public affairs adviser
- taxation consultant
With career opportunities so varied, you can expect a wide range of competitive salaries. In an entry-level position salaries can start at $40,000, but with experience and seniority average salaries can quickly climb up to $90,000+ per year.
At Macquarie University, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. With PACE you can gain real-world experience and get ahead in the career queue.
"As a bachelor of commerce student my PACE activity included a year long program at one of the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers - GlaxoSmithKline. the highlights of my placement at was being able to travel to Melbourne to learn about the pharmaceutical business, at the company’s annual conference. The PACE activity allowed me to develop my professional skill set with my colleagues at GSK." – Macquarie student, Frazer Campbell-Cooper
Macquarie University's professional and community engagement program, PACE, provides opportunities for undergraduate students at Macquarie University to gain practical experience by working with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects. No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you.
Learn more about the opportunities available for you through PACE.