Damian Bridge, who has spent his working life in high level roles in the financial world, as well as having extensive teaching experience, knows what he is talking about when he says: “One of the most valuable resources available to our students is the opportunity to seek the advice of a professional in the field.”
Damian is a senior tutor for Cengage Education, working over the past five years mainly with students doing the Advanced Diploma of Accounting.
He explains that while he is there to assess the student’s work, his role is much broader than this and, if students fully utilise the services of the tutor they can get a great deal out of the experience.
Damian believes that it is important to have someone to help the student through the learning process and to answer questions in simpler terms than is often possible in the texts or workbooks.
“The tutor understands the study material fully and often has been involved in designing both the material and the course,” he says, adding that, “we are not there to give students answers to specific assignment questions but to give them enough information to help them learn.”
Damian holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Certificate IV, CPA, CFA.
Features of his 20 years in banking and finance, in Sydney, London and Toronto, include specialist expertise in areas like risk management and financial control and acting as advisor on accounting standards for the Canadian Banking Association. He currently runs his own financial services company, Bridge Advisory Pty Ltd.
He has also taught in this field for 20 years, lecturing at Macquarie University, UTS, the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and CPA Australia, and tutoring at Sydney University.
Damian provides advice and assistance to more than 200 students in a year, as well as around 30 workplace trainees. He believes that Cengage Education is a leader in distance education because it offers students what he describes as “a complete distance-learning package”.
“It’s more than just the course materials, it’s the support students receive from the staff and the facility they have to interact, often in real time, with the tutor via the online portal. Not many other distance educators provide this level of support.”
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