Why Taylors

Xi Luo

Senior Relationship Manager - Education, Business Development CPA Australia, Hong Kong
Completed the Taylors High School program in Sydney (2003)

Tell us about your background and why you decided to study in Australia
I'm originally from China and I have strong interests in language and culture. English has been my favourite subject since primary school and my dream was to study language and international relations. It was through English activity groups and our family business where I had the opportunity to familiarise myself with the Western cultures and customs. I preferred the flexible education system in Australia that allows for individualised pathway, and chose to study in Sydney for its beautiful environment, safety and multiculturalism.

Tell us about your experience at Taylors College
I enjoyed my study at Taylors College and those two years have become the most unique and unforgettable memories when I think of Australia. All staff and teachers are very friendly, experienced and patient. The facilities are excellent with modern classrooms, laboratories, career advice and welfare centres, which created a comfortable and conducive learning environment that helped to relax me.

My teachers gave me valuable insights and advice on future study and it spurred me to achieve a UAI (now known as ATAR) of 98.8 for HSC, which put me in the first place in Business Studies in the high school program at Taylors College. I would not be where I am now if not for Taylors College.

What have you been doing since completing Taylors?
My achievements so far includes:
Mar 2004 – Jan 2007: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at the University of Sydney
Mar 2007 – Jan 2008: Master of Commerce with Merit (Finance)
at the University of Sydney

Worked as a mentor and "PASS" (peer-assisted study sessions) facilitator at the Faculty of Economics & Business during my study at the University of Sydney
Nominated as the lifetime member of "Golden Key International Honour Society" (www.goldenkey.org) and "Beta Gamma Sigma International Honour Society" (www.betagammasigma.org) by the University of Sydney due to academic merits

Winner of 2005 "Westpac Australia Chinese student New Age Award"
Active member of the Australian Chinese Students Club (ACSC in Sydney) and Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA in China austchinaalumni.org/): attended appreciation dinner at the Chinese Consulate – General Sydney in 2008 to celebrate Beijing Olympic and various events with the Australian Consul – General and Ministers in Southern China

My career path:
2008 – 2009: Administrative assistant at Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Australian Consulate – General Guangzhou, China
2009 – 2010: Audit Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), China
2010 – present: Senior Relationship Manager – Education, Business Development, CPA Australia, Hong Kong, looking after business development in Macau and Hong Kong.

What are your plans for the future?
I have worked in Australia, mainland China, Macau and currently based Hong Kong. I plan to relocate back to Sydney in the next two years after gaining extensive Asian-Australia knowledge and continue to foster business and cultural exchanges between China and Australia.

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