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Elise Nguyen 

Bachelor of Marketing and Finance, Master of Professional Accounting

Elise has been a part of the Synergy Global Effectiveness Intern Team (EIT) since May 2015. She is responsible for Graduate Finishing School project, supports new consultants through their R&O and works closely with Chief Exec, Heather-Jane Gray to implement the business strategy, as well as the leading the EIT focussing on systems, and mentoring new intern talent.

She graduated from Monash University with a Distinction, majoring in Marketing and Finance. These two majors may seem unrelated but they enable her to gain better in-depth understanding of each respective field. Her knowledge of finance and experience with the management of complicated numbers have equipped her with an ability to prepare better Marketing plans. Then specific marketing theories such as Segmentation and Buyer Behaviours support her study of Property Investment and the overall operation of the financial market.

With a dream to have a start-up business on her own, she decided to undertake another business course to strengthen her knowledge and skills. She is currently studying her Master of Professional Accounting. So far, this course has offered her knowledge of Accounting Principles, Business Law and Accounting Information Systems. With a deeper knowledge of business, she can record business transactions using the widely used accounting software MYOB, calculate the cost of business operations, understand the corporation law and the application of contract law in business.

Together with her Marketing and Finance, the study of Accounting will enable her to develop her analytical skill, general business management and problem solving skills, and understand ethical manners within professional contexts. She can utilise management accounting frameworks and technique to prepare a financial plan which includes projections concerning activities marketing management need to decide to undertake.

Though academic excellence has always been her focus, she has also been quite active with social activities. She loves meeting new people and spending her time supporting a good cause. Back in her high school years, she partook in organising some fundraising events to assist disabled children. Also, she completed her work placement at Melbourne City Mission – a Not-for-Profit organisation located in the South of Melbourne CBD. Having engaged in the project of “Expansion of Front yard Youth Service”, Elise and her team had to establish a plan calling for fundraising and the cost of running the core services, which allow youth homeless to have a better life. Working in a group to complete the plan strengthened her teamwork skills as well as analytical skills.

Recently, Elise and her team have presented a Marketing Plan which aimed at increasing the foot traffic to Oxfam stores, and received good feedback from the Oxfam staff and lecturers. Furthermore, she was also on a general committee at Monash University International Student Services and received an award for being The Best General Committee in the Treasury portfolio in 2013. Her friends who are from various countries also helped her to enrich her understanding of diverse cultures and to improve her communication skills. An interest in Marketing was one motivation to expand her learning network by joining the MINDS team of Monash Marketing Student Society. Getting involved in such social activities helped her obtain valuable interpersonal skills.
Being an unsponsored Vietnamese student coming to Melbourne to study, Elise has dealt with many issues. She made a tireless effort with her study to achieve set academic goals while also working to support herself. She has become more flexible and independent by solving day-to-day issues for herself.
Outside her study and work, she is interested in Yoga, Zumba, Social activities.

 Her key strength focus around these 3 themes:
black Language: Vietnamese and English
black Technical skills: Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and Power Point), MYOB, SPSS, VBA
black Self-motivated; goal-focused and hard working

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