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Mackay student inspired by opportunity to ‘reimagine India’

Mackay student inspired by opportunity to ‘reimagine India’

Published:17 March 2017

CQUni Mackay’s Bachelor of Accounting student Samantha Plath has returned from a whirlwind educational tour of India. One of the many highlights was meeting the ambitious and inspirational young ladies at Anjuman-I-Islam’s Girls School in Mumbai.

Out of 600 applicants across the country, Mackay’s Samantha Plath was one of only 20 to be selected to undertake an educational experience of a lifetime.

In February, she spent two weeks overseas as part of 'Reimagining India', a program designed to raise awareness of the relevance the country can have to participants’ lives, studies and their careers.

“The program uses India’s cities and villages as its classroom – including the commercial capital, Mumbai, and the political capital, Delhi,” the third-year Bachelor of Accounting student said.

The journey also took in key Indian cities of Agra and Gurgaon and included opportunities to discover the Australia-India relationship, India's economic transformation, local technology and innovation, temples and religious plurality, political systems, educational modes and tourist highlights.

“We met Indians from across the socioeconomic spectrum – we visited farms and village schools as well as higher education and political institutions, multinational corporations and start-ups,” Sam said.

A visit to KPMG – one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms – was of particular interest to Sam, who has her heart set on gaining employment in a large multinational firm.

KPMG India employs 18,000 (or 10%) of the company's worldwide workforce.

“I was beyond excited and asking so many questions about graduate positions at KPMG, that the program co-ordinator jokingly begged: ‘Can you please just give Sam a job’,” she said.

“I definitely don’t want an ordinary career; I want something amazing, and preferably a position that continually challenges me and involves a lot of travel.”

India is the 18th country Sam has visited and – after this experience – “it certainly won’t be the last”, she said.

“The opportunities and encouragement that I’ve received at CQUni and from my School of Business and Law lecturers is something I am incredibly grateful for and will treasure forever,” she said.

Co-ordinated by the IndoGenius organisation, Reimaging India is funded with assistance from Australia's New Colombo Plan Scholarship program.