Success by degree

KERRY Jones knows the sweet taste of success.Kerry Jones_jw_1407_001a

The USQ Alumnus has played vital roles in Maryborough’s largest heavy industry companies and attributes the basis for his auspicious career to the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) he gained through University of Southern Queensland.

“A university degree gave me the opportunities to engage in career-focused sustainable employment for the long term,” Mr Jones said.

At 32 years of age, the former cost clerk and assistant accountant started university studies by distance and graduated in 1990. He later did three years of professional studies to obtain his CPA qualification.

“In my 47 years in the workforce I have been fortunate to have been exposed to the complexities of large public and private companies,” he said.

“The industry sectors of industrial distribution (Evans Deakin Industries), steel making and railway rolling stock manufacture (Walkers Ltd, now EDI Rail) and timber manufacture and saw milling (Hyne Timber Company) have been diverse and complex and a great opportunity to practice all the accounting disciplines.”

Mr Jones (pictured) of Hervey Bay has held the roles of cost/management accountant and senior financial accountant at Maryborough’s EDI Rail and is currently site management accountant at the Hyne Tuan Mill.

From the 1990s to 2008, Mr Jones was involved with Wide Bay Branch of CPA Australia and worked closely with USQ Fraser Coast accounting lecturers encouraging student awareness and participation with the regional accounting branch. He was also Friends of USQ chairman and worked closely with the Alumni.

Mr Jones urges anyone who is considering university studies to pursue their chosen program with vigour.

“Never underestimate your ability to achieve at university level. Provided you keep motivating yourself and engage your family and friends for their support and understanding of your desire to commit, then you have just laid your pathway to ultimate success.”

PHOTO: Kerry Jones attributes the basis for his auspicious career to his USQ business degree.
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