Bright P-12 Alumna Profile
Name: Kate Smith (formerly Kate Reid)
What were your strengths and achievements at Bright P-12?
My proudest achievement was being crowned Dux of Bright P-12 in 2006.
What path has your career taken and what new achievements have you earned since graduating from Bright P-12?
I am now a Chartered Accountant working at a small firm in Melbourne. I did a 12 month co-op as part of my degree and was lucky enough to secure a position at the end of the 12 month period. I started a degree in Construction Management but changed to Accounting after two years, and I’m very glad I did. Since graduating University I have completed my CA and a diploma of Financial Planning.
What are your ambitions for the future and what else would you like to achieve?
I plan to continue working for the same firm and would like to achieve a management position in due course.
What life lessons have you learned since graduating from Bright P-12?
Not to settle for a career or a job that you don’t love. There are so many different opportunities out there and it’s never too late to try something new.
Looking back, what advice would you give to your 17-year-old self if you could?
Study hard, it’s worth it! I was determined to finish school with the best ENTER I possible could, and I felt like all my hard work did pay off. Having said that I think students can put too much pressure on themselves to do well. A good score is only important if it’s needed for Uni etc.
What did you love most about your time at P-12 and how did your school experience prepare you for the future?
Looking back, I think Bright P-12 was quite relaxed in its way of teaching compared to other schools. I always enjoyed going to school and hanging out with my friends.
What is your favourite….
Quote: “the best way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket”
Poem: “I wish I was a gloworm, a gloworm’s never glum, ‘caus how could you be grumpy when the sun shines out ya bum!” – One of my friends used to recite this in year 12 when we all got a bit stressed. I think it’s a good reminder to smile even when things seem glum.