It’s never too late to change track
As a Science student, I naturally gravitated towards a tertiary education in that direction. For me, it was a couple of semesters studying the foundations of Civil Engineering before I realised this wasn’t quite the way I wanted to go. Accountancy was a gamble, but a rewarding one as it turned out!
Don’t settle – and it’s ok to break the rules sometimes
Accounting is an exciting career of constant learning through ever evolving industries. You are in touch with people from diverse backgrounds, and find yourself in interesting situations that require your strategic input to shape business decisions.
My career path has allowed me to explore and push boundaries. Flipping teams from back-end number crunchers to frontline invaluable business partners, reengineering of processes, revamping corporate governance, and introducing internal controls. The thrill of closing books on time and soft skill development – a guiding hand, a shoulder to cry on, and mentoring – to name a few. Whoever said the life of an Accountant was boring?
No such thing as can’t – choose failure over regret
My parents taught me nothing is impossible. If there’s a will there’s a way. If there isn’t a way, cut a path for yourself. I don’t believe in saying “no” to anything that comes my way. I admit though, more than once, I wished I had. Looking back, I would not be where I am today if not for the experiences I picked up along the way.
Pick up and dust off – finish what you started because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
My ACCA journey was not an easy one. Long hours of commute to work and back between two states, with even longer working hours and non-existent weekends chock-a-block with classes. At one stage, I reached a point in my career and study where a decision needed to be made.
The beauty of ACCA is the fact that it takes working adults into consideration and allows the flexibility of only taking your papers when you are ready within a generous time-bar. Don’t give up! Every minute spent studying rewards you with a qualification that is globally recognised with an option of country-focused syllabus – opening doors wherever you go.
It’s who, not what – role models and cheerleaders, opposites or alike
Surround yourself with those who have your best interest at heart. I had a personal cheerleader who drove in pouring rain to deliver me a study table so that I couldn’t use the excuse of not having one to knuckle down and get working. I did group studies with people who were from different majors because I figured if I could recite to them my notes in a way they could understand, I must be doing something right. At work, if someone told me I couldn’t do it, I made it a point to work all that much harder to show them differently.
Get out of your comfort zone – have a career bucket list
A rolling stone gathers no moss or so the saying goes. My thoughts? A rolling stone gathers momentum and takes you places. The first five years of my career saw me in five different roles in three different organisations across varied industries. My parents were, frankly I think, rather concerned having been loyal to one job and one employer their entire career.
Working with Roche was a dive into the unknown and I could not have landed in a more dynamic organisation. I checked all my boxes in one go – working with a fast and reactive forward thinking organisation that is revolutionising the way a services and solutions organisation supports the overall business. A flexible and adaptive work environment that is dedicated and focused in catering to customers’ needs without compromising the passion of its employees. And most importantly for me personally, a role that allows me to grow with it! Expect nothing less from an organisation that goes by – Doing Now What Patients Need Next.
Pick up and dust off – finish what you started because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
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A flexible and adaptive work environment that is dedicated and focused in catering to customers’ needs without compromising the passion of its employees.
The place to Work
Working with Roche was a dive into the unknown and I could not have landed in a more dynamic organisation. I checked all my boxes in one go.
Roche is revolutionary. It has an inclusive culture which unites employees with diverse skills and talents. Agility and the growth mindset are what make Roche become future ready.
Roche’s nurturing and flexible environment is an enabler for anyone who is open to exploring opportunities and growing their careers.