Completing the Diploma of Commerce provided Shiyang Dong with a pathway for further study and allowed him to launch his career in finance.
You completed the Diploma of Commerce in 2012; what have you been doing since then?
After finishing the Diploma of Commerce I went on to study the Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) at RMIT and was awarded the Thomson Reuters Prize for most outstanding graduate in 2014. I then completed a Master of Management Accounting and am now working at trading company, Qingdao Sanmu Aquatic Product Co., Ltd. managing the finance department.
How have your studies helped you along your career journey so far?
The Diploma of Commerce included classes in economics, statistics, accounting, marketing and management which gave me a really good understanding of the different aspects of business and how they are all interrelated. Throughout my studies I met graduate students and postdoctoral researchers which gave me an insight into various career paths and exposed me to a range of employment opportunities. I also joined study groups which allowed me to share ideas and concerns and helped me to develop my leadership and communication skills.
Why did you choose the Diploma of Commerce? What did you enjoy most about the program?
I chose the Diploma of Commerce because it provided an introduction to a broad range of business concepts. I liked that the program provided a pathway for further study and allowed me to acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
What are some of the best things about studying at RMIT?
For me, the best thing was learning from experts in my field. Many of my teachers and lecturers were working in industry and had a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the class.
I’ve also found that RMIT graduates are highly sought after by employers. The University has such strong industry connections and there are so many employment opportunities which are advertised through the career hub.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I hope to still be working at Qingdao Sanmu Aquatic Product Co., Ltd and to have gained more knowledge and experience which can help to increase the growth of the business. I would also like to take further responsibility for the general management of the organisation.
What advice do you have for students who are making the transition from high school to higher education?
Firstly, I would suggest that you manage your time wisely. This may be challenging for some students as they will need to consider how much time to spend on each assessment and how this fits in with their work, social commitments and other obligations.
Secondly, the amount of time that you need to spend preparing for each class can be a challenge, especially if you were not required to do a lot of background reading for your subjects in high school. I would suggest that, for every one hour of class, students should be spending three hours outside of class studying and preparing themselves.
Story: Ainslie Logsdon