Patrisha Kay

Griffith University
Patrisha studied Bachelor of Laws/Commerce (Accounting) and is completing her Practical Legal Training at Griffith University

About you

What did you study at undergraduate level and when did you graduate? What are you studying now? Are you studying and working at the same time?

I studied Bachelor of Laws/Commerce (Accounting) and I am now completing my Practical Legal Training through the College of Law. I was working in administration and as an assistant accountant whilst studying but I am currently having time off. I graduated in October 2018. 

What have been the most important stages of your life?

Finishing high school, first job in hospitality, starting university, completing university, going overseas and obtaining my first job in my field (accounting assistant), changing jobs and changing owners, moving interstate, first partner, moving in with my partner, experiencing new things throughout university, competitions and going interstate from winning particular competitions. 

How did you get to your current (or most recent) job position and how long have you been working there?

I was in an assistant accountant/admin/executive assistant position for about 4 years. I obtained this through my experiences and extra curricular activities I applied for a position online and was lucky enough to obtain it. I was very dedicated employee and was part of a family through it. 

About your course

What made you decide to progress with further study?

To be able to become a lawyer, I was required to complete extra study to obtain my Practical Legal Training, my experience in a firm and to subsequently become admitted as a lawyer. I also conducted extra study to become a registered tax agent. All such things I wish to obtain to further myself throughout my career. 

How did you choose your particular further study course (compared to others)? / Were you weighing up any alternative degrees or career pathways before choosing this qualification?

I weighed up alternative options of institutions for my PLT, however, it was an easy decision as the College of Law offer their study options online with one week in person - this week being easily accessible for me. Online is a much easier option and was considerably cheaper also compared to most institutions. 

What was the process to get accepted into your course? What were the prerequisites?

The prerequisites are that you must complete a Bachelor of Laws at a university or be in your final subjects of the degree with the main core subjects (Priestly's 11) having already been completed. You are also required to be an Australian citizen or likewise to be able to access the fee help options. 

What does your study involve? Can you describe a typical day? (if it’s difficult to describe a typical day, tell us about the last thing you worked on?)

A typical day would have included attending lectures and tutorials then going home to complete further study or to prepare for the next days tutorials as majority of my tutorials would require answers to questions be prepared beforehand. Also, I would be completing minimal amounts towards my assignments to attempt to make a dent slowly. 

Pros and cons

Will this course be beneficial in your career? Where could you or others in your position go from here? Please explain your answer.

It is a course that is hugely beneficial for anyone to complete as not only is it for those that are dedicated to becoming either an accountant or a lawyer, they also provide incredibly useful skills for obtaining any type of job, for starting your own business, for understanding your finances, for writing, etc. 

What do you love the most about your course? 

The double degree allowed me to have the mathematical side mixed with the theoretical that can be subjective or objective in nature. It was the greatest mix for what I wanted. The law degree was incredibly practical and interesting, providing so many skills to be able to compete in competitions. Whilst the accounting degree also provided me with skills to be able to obtain a job as an assistant accountant - which I absolutely adored - and was able to understand taxes. 

What are the limitations of your course?

Both those degrees are not the end; you are required to go further and complete more study for the particular careers that someone may want to complete. I also believe there were often issues with the lecturers and the choices of assessments. It was also limited in that the practical side was not always present. 

A word to the wise…

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current undergraduate student? They don’t necessarily have to be related to your studies, or even to one’s professional life. 

  • Apply yourself to every aspect of the university life and especially your degree. It is important to do your very best and surround yourself with the people that will help you grow.
  • Completing readings and studying your ass off wont necessarily be the best thing for you - the extra curricular activities along with decent marks are what employers will be interested in.
  • Attempting to kill yourself to get all 7s in your subjects is not worth the pain. Enjoy your time and do your very best.