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VAC profile: Gia Punjabi (Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science)
Gia graduated from the University in 2014 with a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science. She launched her career as a Graduate Analyst at BNZ, working on the financial markets trading floor.
Less than two years later, she got the opportunity to move to California. Gia now lives in San Francisco, where she works as a Financial Consultant with Corporate Finance Group International.
She describes her city as a collection of small towns with dozens of distinct neighbourhoods. “Each has its own main street, restaurants and vibe, threaded together with gravity-straining streets and tonnes of hidden staircases.”
Outside of work, Gia enjoys exploring San Francisco’s incredible network of creative people and a whole world of new smartphone apps. She is aiming to gain her
commercial pilot-glider license after discovering a love of heights at sixteen.
Gia is also passionate about travelling. To date, she has visited 29 countries and 50 cities. “Canyon hiking, cave diving, bungee jumping, attempting to converse in a foreign language and trying local food are among some of my favourite travel
Gia thinks that new graduates should trust their gut feeling and be unafraid to start from scratch. “Don’t believe in miracles,” she says. “Just believe in yourself.”
Gia is keen to hear from alumni based in San Francisco.