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Wenxin Zeng graduates from The Australian National University (ANU) College of Business and Economics (CBE) with a Bachelor of Finance.
Through a broad range of courses and initiatives, such as internships and the CBE Special Industry Project (SIP), she has gained expertise in areas of financial management, performance evaluation, and business operations.
In her interview, Wenxin talks about why she enjoyed studying at ANU and how it has informed her professional direction.
Q. Why did you choose to come to Australia and study at ANU?
Studying in Australia was a meaningful and cherished life memory. It is amazing how diverse and inclusive the Australian culture is. ANU has a fascinating academic atmosphere and excellence in education. It has taught me the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to help me tap into my potential, and support me to succeed in the future.
Q. What was your favourite course and who was your favourite lecturer?
Corporate Valuation is one of the classes that impressed me during my study. It introduced different methods of valuing companies and projects, and the metrics and interpretations of financial analysis. We got to work with excellent teammates and applied the knowledge to investment report through data modelling of an existing company. Dr Chao Gao excelled in organising and teaching the course, and provided excellent guidance on our group work.
Q. You participated in CBE’s Semester 2, 2022 SIP and helped your team’s project stand out. Can you tell us about how you contributed to your team’s project?
SIP gave me an extraordinary opportunity to work with professionals to explore business possibilities. In this project, being a data analyst, I worked on business-model construction, financial analysis based on reference data, impact analysis at the company and macro level, and implementation of risk assessments. The multi-dimension analysis assessed how much resources are required and the output that can be obtained by achieving our strategic objectives. By processing data logically and drawing distinctive insights, we were able to provide our clients with a reliable, realistic business proposal and forecast.
Q. What advice would you give to future students about making the most out of their university experience?
Trying courses in areas that interest you is a very important experience at university. Electives are meant to help you explore where your potential lies, even if it may just be a process of trial and error. I took courses in areas such as economics, programming, and statistics as part of my electives. Integrating knowledge from different aspects can sometimes help the work you’re doing in ways that surprise you.
Q. What are your plans after graduation?
I am considering pursuing a Master degree in business analytics, because I am very interested in extracting meaningful insights from data and visualising it to facilitate the decision-making process in business operations. Such a deep understanding of business performance and finance optimisation based on statistical methods is important to companies, and the evolution of the business world.
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