Where did you grow up? Can you tell us a little about your life up until now?
I am originally from Hong Kong and I came to Australia on my own when I was 15. I spent my high school and early university days in Adelaide. I moved to Sydney in 2015 to pursue my master’s degree and to expand my personal connections. I have always been interested in accounting and finance and I am glad that my current position at Aristocrat allows me to put my passion into practice.
How did you get to your current job position? For how long have you had it?
I found my current position on the Aristocrat website, and I applied directly through the careers page. I have been working at Aristocrat for just over four months.
How did you choose your specialisation? Were you weighing up any other alternatives before choosing this specialisation?
I picked accounting and finance as my specialisation because accounting knowledge is something that can be applied on every business. It also opens many career opportunities as it is the foundation for business analysis and management roles.
What was your interview process like? What kind of questions were you asked?
The interview process at Aristocrat involves three stages, including a personal presentation, a group interview and a two-on-one interview. I was asked about my future development plans and what I could bring to the team.
What does your employer do?
Aristocrat is a gaming company that mainly produces games and electronic gaming machines (EGMs). More specifically the Finance department looks after the financial performance of the company in different areas, including cash flows, investor relations, tax, internal audit, corporate planning and so forth.
What are your areas of responsibility?
I am a finance graduate and I go through different departments as I rotate. I am currently in Accounts Payable and my responsibility includes processing vendor invoices for three entities, doing supplier reconciliations and processing weekly payment runs.
Can you describe a typical work day? What was the last thing you worked on?
In Accounts Payable, I would start a day by sorting out queries, scanning and verifying supplier invoices, processing them in our accounting system and submitting them for approval. The last project I have worked on is a VBA Macro that allows me to send out multiple emails to vendors at a click of a button.
Where could you or others in your position go from here?
The graduate program allows me to gain experience in different departments and it enables me to view and understand the company in different point of views, which also helps me decide which area suits me the most.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
My role would require a basic understanding of accounting, but I believe that nothing is too hard to do if you are willing to learn.
What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?
I would probably be a car mechanic if I did not become an accountant. I have always enjoyed working on cars during my free time and I have also had work experience at a car dealership and modification garage.
What do you love most about your job? What kind of task do you enjoy the most?
I am enjoying every bit of my job, especially the support I receive from my mentor and my team. They are very experienced in what they do, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to achieve our goals.
What’s the biggest limitation of your job? Do you bear a lot of responsibility in your role? Do you have to work on weekends?
The biggest limitation of my job would be the manual processes that can be automated. My role is important for the company as we rely on suppliers for parts and services. Therefore, it is important that we process invoices efficiently. I do not need to work on weekends, as work-life balance is valued at Aristocrat.
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