Stephanie White commenced working at Charles and Partners, as a junior accountant, in her last two semesters of university.
“I started off as a part time junior accountant and now I have finished my degree, I’m working full time as an accountant. My role within the firm involves preparing financial reports for a range of entities, as well as working closely with other members of the firm, while I am still learning.
“Moving to online learning during the pandemic, was nothing like I had ever experienced before! It was challenging at the beginning, then it became super easy and more convenient within my daily life. My workplace was very supportive and flexible with my studies, which made things a lot easier for me.
“A goal for me now, is to complete further studies, such as a CPA certification and gaining a client base. Completing my degree has been such a relief, but at the same time a surreal feeling knowing just how much time and effort I have put into it.”
Alexandra Mensch was first introduced to the accounting industry whilst working as a receptionist at Findex Mildura.
“I became intrigued when I started my role at Findex. I had previously loved studying business management during VCE and already held a Diploma in Business, which then gave me enough credit to pathway straight into the second year of the accounting degree at La Trobe.
“It was an unbelievable feeling when I received back my results and I am now a graduate accountant at Findex Mildura. My role involves completing BAS's and tax returns for various entities such as partnerships, family trusts and small companies, as well as some payroll services.
“I couldn't fault La Trobe and the way my course was structured. The Learning Management System (LMS) was seamless to navigate through and most of my degree was completed remotely. The remote learning options were great. I moved to Queensland for 6 months during my degree, where I was able to continue working for Findex remotely, as well as finishing my studies with La Trobe."
Alexandra and Stephanie both strongly encourage others to consider studying accounting, as it’s not only a very stable and diverse career, but offers you important life skills.
“We need more accountants! I believe a career in accounting not only helps business and individuals, but it also empowers you in your own affairs and gives you a wealth of knowledge," Alexandra says.
Stephanie reiterates this point and says for her, problem solving, working with numbers and developing a future thinking attitude is what drew her to the career.
“I say to others considering it, just go for it! It may be challenging but you will learn so many other skills along the way, from interacting with a wide range of other individuals and you’ll develop knowledge that you can use in your every day life too.”