Lincoln qualification gives sought after skills

05 May 2021 | Students News

Ella Sutherland says her time at Lincoln provided her with real world knowledge and skills that made her attractive to employers.

She is now a consultant in the agri-team at Deloitte Hamilton.

Ella receives her Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Accounting and Finance) at the Lincoln University Graduation Ceremony on 14 May in the Christchurch Town Hall.

She says the Lincoln programme gave her the flexibility to diversify her learning through electives while completing the professional accounting requirements.

“Many other tertiary providers do not offer this flexibility and it gave me a point of difference when applying for jobs, as I was more than just an accounting student.

“Being part of the Future Leader Scholarship Programme was also advantageous when applying for jobs, as it set me apart from other people.

“On the programme, you accomplish so much that has both a social and personal impact. It provided me with a fantastic foundation for job applications, and what I learnt about myself helped me to secure a job.

“It helped me to learn what is important to me, how I can use these beliefs to make positive change, and work in groups.”

There are many reasons why Ella chose to attend Lincoln, but ultimately it came down to size.

“The university provides you with a great learning environment where you are more than just a number.”

She says Lincoln's foundations in the primary sector were also attractive, as it meant she could develop her knowledge of the sector and prepare for the workforce by focusing on practical skills.

One of the highlights of Ella’s time at Lincoln was living in the Halls of Residence.

“It's a great place to meet new people and get the full university experience. I also enjoyed all of the field trips and guest speakers we had for lectures, as it really helped to ground our studies in the real world."