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Imma Wormleaton graduated in 2000 with a combined degree in Science and Arts, including Honours in Physics and Astronomy.

I graduated in 2000 with a combined degree in Science and Arts, including Honours in Physics and Astronomy. While I retain a strong interest in both physics and astronomy, I felt that after Honours a break from student life was desirable. I am currently working as a Business Analyst at Port Jackson Partners Ltd, a management consulting firm focussed on working with the senior management of large organisations to improve performance by resolving issues of strategy, organisation and process. I was attracted to the analytical nature of the work at Port Jackson Partners, as well as to the opportunity to solve problems in a completely new environment. My role as a Business Analyst utilises many of the skills I developed doing a physics degree, particularly the analytical skills developed during my honours year. My everyday work involves gathering information about a particular client or industry and processing that information to test hypotheses to identify problems and lead to their solutions. I often construct complex financial models to test scenarios, and see how various assumptions affect outcomes. The rigorous nature of the analysis is similar to scientific research, and is both satisfying and challenging.

Studying physics at UNSW as part of a combined degree allowed me to spend a year as an exchange student in Germany, where I studied physics, astronomy and German at the University of Bonn. A physics degree has given me the skills for my future career, whether I stay in a business environment, or go back to a research role in astronomy.

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