My postgraduate journey

Posted by Susie Zhong AGIA, Company Secretary, Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine on 05/12/2016

My postgraduate education began when I came to Sydney back in 2007 and completed a Master of Accounting at Macquarie University — however the lightbulb moment occurred when I secured a life-changing volunteer experience with Associations Forum.

I soon developed a true passion for volunteering and took pride in the fact that the work is always underpinned by the motivation to make the world a better place, and not simply driven by commercial gain.

I decided to undertake further postgraduate study in governance while I was working as an events manager. Although I had experience in dealing with accounting and governance, I wanted to solidify my knowledge and be confident in all areas the association sector requires — particularly by improving my understanding of corporate law and governance.

I enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance in 2013 and by the end of 2014 I had completed the course, gained the international designation of Chartered Secretary and become a member of Governance Institute. I had never expected to gain such an amazing level of support and guidance as I did from Governance Institute.

During my time in class I met so many professionals and inspiring course directors from a diverse range of sectors — each with their own unique stories to share.

The experience of gaining a recognised postgraduate qualification has uniquely carved out my career path in the complex world of governance.

I was recently appointed company secretary at The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM). My role is to support and advise the board in respect to current best practice governance requirements and practices, directors’ duties under the law, board reporting and proper meeting procedure. I’m also responsible for ensuring that the college and its foundation comply with Australian and New Zealand law and regulation.

Without the support of Governance Institute, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am in my career today. I feel so lucky to belong to such a strong governance network and believe that together we can all create a better world by being diligent and responsible.

If you’re thinking about further study in governance, don’t hesitate to consider Governance Institute of Australia — I cannot recommend my experience highly enough as both a past student and current member. 


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