13 Dec 2018
June 8, 2018, 10:59 am

Two Flinders accounting graduates have achieved top honours in Australian accounting.

Marthie Solis was named Accounting Student of the Year and Caitie Copley as Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 Annual Australian Accounting Awards.

Both award winners hold Bachelor of Commerce (Advanced Leadership and Accounting/Finance) degrees from the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders.

Ms Solice, now a business analyst at Deloitte Australia, says her win would not have been possible without her experience at Flinders.

“It’s such an honour to have received this award. I owe much of my success to the dedicated teaching team at Flinders who challenged and inspired me,” Ms Solace said.

As part of her degree, Ms Solis undertook her placement at the Bank of South Australia where she developed a highly successful alliance program for the Australian mortgage market.

Ms Solace said the opportunity to gain real world experience was an invaluable component of her Flinders degree.

“Meeting with clients face to face and presenting to the CEO and Board of Executives really developed my confidence and interpersonal skills,” Ms Solace said.

CFO and Company Secretary at accounting firm Accodex Partners, Ms Copley also crediting her university years for winning the Rising Star of the Year Award.

“I was part of the first cohort to be offered a place in the Advanced Leadership extension to the Bachelor of Commerce,” Ms Copley says.

“The degree enabled me to attain strong leadership and work relevant skills which made me stand out from other graduates.”

Professor Phyllis Tharenou, Vice-President and Executive Dean at Flinders University’s College of Business, Government and Law, says the awards are highly deserved and great examples of how the university works closely with employers to build a talent pipeline for skilled graduates.

“We work with over 220 host organisations to provide students with the opportunity to strengthen their business networks and develop practical business and personal enterprise skills through undertaking placements,” Professor Tharenou says.

“After graduating students are ready to kick-start their careers and inject new ideas and energy into industry.”

The two 2018 awards are the latest in a run of podium finishes for Flinders business graduates with Zac Robson securing a position at top firm EY after winning the prestigious honour of Accounting Student of the Year in 2016.

The awards are presented each year by Accountants Daily in partnership with Thomas Reuters Tax and Accounting, with 29 firms and individuals presented with coveted national awards.

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