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Real Business : Issue 2 2009
BEING PRESIDENT OF CPA AUSTRALIA IS A RARE AND FANTASTIC PRIVILEGE ... IT IS ALSO A LOT OF FUN. friendships by working with others who are also sacrifi cing nights and weekends to study. There is much to be said for the discipline that comes from shared pain and sacrifi ce. Happiness and enlightenment through knowledge, in the end, is what will equip you with the tools necessary to realise your potential. CPA Program is one way to develop this knowledge and equip yourself with the tools for a career that can take you anywhere. What do you do in your spare time? Spare time – what a novel concept. By choice, I really don’t have any spare time. I love what I do so I avoid creating downtime. I have a lot of work meetings that revolve around breakfast, lunch or dinner and I also have to travel a lot for work. However, the pay-off for all of this is that I meet a lot of interesting people. I also spend time undertaking work with a social dimension to it, which ensures that I have a social life. Can you tell us something surprising about yourself? Let me go out of my comfort zone and commit to sharing that on leaving high school I worked as a labourer for a year and a half. I worked underground in a rock quarry with a shovel and pickaxe and, sometimes, a jackhammer – darn noisy thing it was. Most of my generation lost their hearing to heavy metal; I lost mine to a heavy hand-held digging device. There were various reasons for doing this and it was a sobering and mind-numbing experience. However, it gave me a sense of purpose and perspective that I value highly. I’m not saying I’d recommend it but if you don’t have the funds to take a gap year, then it is an option that gives one lots of time to think and refl ect. Why did you choose Room to Read as your charity? Room to Read is a fantastic charity, run by fantastic people, who are doing fantastic things. The Room to Read maxim is “world change starts with educated children”. This sums it all up for me, as education has profoundly changed my life and I can’t think of a better way to help others get a hand-up. There are many worthy charities, of course, and they deserve support too. There is terrible poverty and a need for basic survival items, such as clean water. But what do children do once they are safe and have clean water? Education is the key to ensuring they live full, meaningful and productive lives, and can go on to help others. I encourage everyone to consider helping the dedicated folks at Room to Read. Visit the Room to Read website and fi nd out what you can do to help. Also, consider reading Leaving Microsoft to change the world by John Wood, the founder and CEO of Room to Read. It’s an inspirational story and it captures nicely the “why” behind Room to Read. To read the president’s blog, visit richardpettyblog.wordpress.com Opportunities in Asia 2009 Discover a world of opportunities What happens when you fi nish your degree? As a CPA you can take your new skills to the world. Explore the opportunities at home or overseas at Opportunities in Asia 2009. VIC Thu 27 Aug 5.30pm – 8.30pm Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition St SA Mon 31 Aug 3.45pm – 6.30pm Holiday Inn Adelaide, 65 Hindley St QLD Tue 1 Sep 5.30pm – 8.30pm Sebel & Citigate King George Square, Cnr Ann and Roma St NSW Wed 2 Sep 5.30pm – 8.00pm Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St WA Thu 3 Sep 5.45pm – 8.00pm Mercure Hotel Perth, 10 Irwin St ACT Tue 8 Sep 11.45am – 2.00pm Canberra Business Event Centre, Regatta Pt, Commonwealth Park TAS Wed 9 Sep 11.45am – 2.00pm The University of Tasmania, Life Sciences Lecture Theatre 1 NT* Fri 18 Sep 12.00pm – 2.30pm Charles Darwin University – Red building 1, level 3, room 1 * In Northern Territory this event is known as International Student Welcome cpaaustralia.com.au 08-11_Infrontv2_RB907.indd 11 08-11_Infrontv2_RB907.indd 11 OK WITH CORRECTIONS DESIGN EDITORIAL PUBLISHER CLIENT By signing your initials in the space provided you are either approving this layout or authorising the listed changes. CORRECTIONS TO MAKE DATE OK DESIGN EDITORIAL PUBLISHER CLIENT ADVERTISING 9/07/2009 5:14:04 PM 9/07/2009 5:14:04 PM
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