Kynetha Torcato is living proof that Victoria University (VU) students graduate job-ready.
After finishing her double masters degree in Accounting and Business (Finance) earlier this year, the VU alumna immediately secured a job as a graduate accountant at Kamper Chartered Accountants in Sydney.
Graduating with seven high distinctions, Kynetha also celebrated another major milestone this year; being named a finalist in the Accounting Student of the Year category of the Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards 2016 – the only industry awards showcasing excellence across the accounting profession.
"VU’s expert alignment of accounting subjects to the workplace is the single most important element contributing to my career success," Kynetha says.
"Learning from ever-willing experts in diverse fields, my time spent at the University has enabled me to explore my passions and identify my personal values and beliefs," she says.
"The enriching learning outcomes from VU enabled me to attain distinctions in my degree, and also gave me the opportunity to excel as a professional in leadership roles."
Born in India, Kynetha moved to Australia in July 2014 to complete her double masters degree, choosing VU "because it is a highly-ranked and renowned university, and the facilities here are second to none".
"The highlight of my experience at VU would definitely be meeting students from all over the globe and getting exposed to their culture," Kynetha, who was an active member in the VU Vollies volunteer program, says.
"As a result, I have created many lifelong friendships at VU, and the beautiful campus, outstanding faculty and staff are etched in my memory."
Kynetha says she was attracted to Australia as her study destination of choice because of its friendly culture and extensive opportunities.
"The cost of living in Australia is relatively low, and safety is of a very high standard.
"These factors helped me decide to pursue my passion in this wonderful country."
"Participate actively in university cultural programs, sports and other social associations. This will help you meet others and adapt in a new environment.
"It is vital to just be yourself and follow your instinct, as people here in Australia are extremely helpful and supportive."