Live Blog – Uni Lecture Day !

Here is my live blog to share my experiences with giving my first uni lecture ! I will update it as I go. Be sure to check back every few hours.  ! Latest posts at the bottom !


So it was a bit of a sleepless night….but mainly because the young boy Harrison kept jade and I awake ! So feeling a little tired. But I am sure a few coffees, a RedBull and an apple will deal with that issue ! (side note….did you know that eating an apple will wake you up more than drinking a strong cup of the finest coffee….)

A few hours before I will leave to head over to the uni to meet with my fellow lecturer as well as the uni team

I saw some of the other guest lecturer’s slides today and I feel my slides are a little underdone….theirs had pictures and lots of visual stuff….mine is notes on a page ! I just hope my personal animation will make up for my boring slides ! But I am not here to sugar coat a career in public practice. It is a tough industry that carries so much expectation from so many different stakeholders in the community. It is a career path that is challenging but so rewarding and quite simply you get out what you put in.

I don’t plan to go in and talk about me and my story…whilst I will throw in some personal experiences…my aim is to really try and put the students in the picture when it comes to working as a graduate in public practice in the SME sector and what their career progression opportunities look like. I really want them to walk away knowing that public practice is for them or it isn’t. I want to have an honest and upfront discussion with the students as they prepare to start their careers

I thought long and hard regarding how to run the presentation today and I just kept coming back to the KISS principal and making sure that the students know exactly what the good and bad parts are of our space in the industry…….


So a little over an hour before I go up before the students and a fee minutes before I head over to the Uni ! Getting a little more nervous….think I need a shot of something stronger than coffee to calm the old nerves down !


First session done ! Wow, what an experience. I really enjoyed talking about what I do and what the SME industry is about !

It seemed as though most people were engaged, some were asleep though ! But that is Uni isn’t it !

Once I got into a rhythm it just flowed and I think I got the message across. I

Next session is at 6pm. Few changes to make to what I am going talk about !


Second session done ! Smaller audience and more intimate and more questions ! Really good second talk

Got to the point quicker and focused even more on the graduates role and focused more on the opportunities


All done ! What a hectic afternoon/evening.

I think it went great and the students got a clear understanding of what I do.

It was quite interesting to hear about management accounting and consulting and to see how at EFS we are doing this in smaller scales. I actually got quite a bit out of the other two presentations

I really enjoyed being up there and would relish the opportunity to do some thing like that again. !


Published by James Solomons

FCA, GAICD. Innovative Business Leader. Global CFO @Xref (ASX:XF1). Director at @business_Depot (formerly Aptus Accounting & Advisory @AptusAA). Former Head of Accounting @Xero Australia. Advocate, Entrepreneur & Educator #Family #Football #Fastcars!

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