Commerce student lands dream opportunity

Headshot of Griffith commerce student Min Jun Kim.
CPA Australia has identified Griffith commerce student Min Jun Kim as a Future Leader.

Valuable career advice will be on Min Jun Kim’s list when the Master of Commerce student has a priceless mentoring session with the Chief Executive of CPA Australia in July.

Min Jun is one of only 24 students nationwide to have this opportunity with Alex Malley, the ‘Naked CEO’, after CPA Australia identified him as a future leader for 2014.

He is the first Griffith University student to be selected to attend the CPA Australia Future Leaders Forum.

“I was excited, happy and stoked when I got the news,” the 25-year-old Korean native says.

Min Jun joined the CPA Australia Student Ambassador team in 2013 and was subsequently nominated as a Future Leader in recognition of commitment and work for CPA Australia across Griffith University. The Future Leaders Program recognises and profiles the best CPA student ambassadors throughout CPA’s university networks, with only 24 per year selected to attend the prestigious Future Leaders Forum.

“I worked with CPA representatives organising industry events for students, and during this time I had the opportunity to liaise with industry experts and specialists.

“It was a great platform to progress my career and employment prospects. I got some fantastic and very effective tips about how to make my resume work for me and techniques for applying for jobs.

“I also had the chance to share experiences with students from all over Australia, which was also very rewarding.

“ I hope a lot of other students join the CPA Australia student ambassador team.”

His impressive attitude also caught the attention of the people at Griffith’s Careers and Employment Service who were impressed with how Min Jun took their advice on board and made it work.

It has led to work experience opportunities with Deloitte, Bendigo Bank, Australian Taxation Office and most recently with Origin Energy where he secured a finance graduate position starting next January, after initially working with the joint venture accounting team.

“His work on the CPA Australia Student Ambassador team was recognised when he was profiled as a Future Leader on the CPA Australia website.”

This has led to the opportunity to meet Alex Malley in Melbourne on July 24.

“He’s a CEO. He has a lot of knowledge about how to deal with people. During the past six months with Origin, I’ve been building my people skills and working on my communications. I hope to ask him about leadership and get some practical advice on leading people.”

Along with the mentoring session, Min Jun will also spend extended time with the senior CPA management team.

Min Jun moved to Australia from Korea eight years ago and gained Australian citizenship in early May.

He initially studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University before focusing on applied finance for his Master of Commerce studies. He is an active member of the Griffith Business Students Association.