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Business-savvy students have an exciting opportunity to apply their learning to a real-world business challenge and reap major rewards, with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia 2011 Student Challenge.

The competition, held annually, encourages students to apply their growing skills to a real-life business scenario. In return, entrants have the chance to win networking opportunities with industry leaders, a trip to a global financial capital city and an iPad2.

For this year’s competition, students are asked to put on their thinking caps to help the Australian Conservation Foundation develop tools for businesses to monitor and attenuate their carbon footprint.

CEO of ICAA Graham Meyer says the program provides valuable connections with the accounting profession – a rare and valuable opportunity in what is a highly competitive graduate marketplace.

‘Alongside the impressive prize pool, this year’s challenge will not only help participants boost their CV and network with prospective employers, but also provides an exciting opportunity to help make a difference to a global economic issue,’ says Meyer.

Last year’s overall winner, Jackson Oxley, says he found the competition extremely worthwhile.
‘The 2010 Student Challenge gave me a definite edge by boosting my professional network and opening up doors,’ says Oxley. One of those open doors was at global accounting services firm KPMG, where he now works as an advisor.

‘I would definitely encourage undergraduate students to get involved in this year’s challenge,’ advises Oxley.

The competition is aimed at students studying accounting, business or finance, but students from any faculty can enter.

The $100 000 prize pool also includes a sizeable ‘corporate attire voucher’ – so you could trade in your ugg boots and trackie daks for more suitable apparel befitting your future career.

The competition runs from 2 May to 31 August. To find out more, visit

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