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Real Business : Issue 1 2009
which automatically posed a challenge as all my prior positions were in very small-scale businesses. I was able to adjust quickly to working with a very large workforce that not only had a diversity of employees, but an enormous requirement for multi-skilling. It allowed me to develop a working ethos that was suitable and acceptable for working with large successful corporate organisations. what do you like about your current job? I like working in a robust financial management and accounting framework environment. I enjoy the high level of inter-departmental communication, the opportunity to work with experienced and professional colleagues, and the responsibility and personal challenges it poses for me on a daily basis. raphael nguyen what appealed to you about working in government, and specifically, with the South Australian Department of treasury and finance? I did not particularly aim to gain employment in the government sector; any position in the private corporate sector would have been equally desirable, but my current job offers me the potential for a career path, the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of job skills, working with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds, and job security. The other great benefit is that the department has a graduate development program that provides training for other new skills that complement my current skill set. what are your responsibilities in your role? I provide timely and accurate advice and information to other government agencies with respect to accounting policy framework, updates to accounting standards, modelling financial reports, dispersing Treasury instructions and organise government accounting / tax information forums. You have also worked in the private sector. tell us some highlights during your work with woolworths and origin Energy. At Woolworths, I was with the finance department where I assisted the tax and financial control branch. At Origin Energy, I was in the major development project department, assisting with the preparation of financial budget models. One highlight was the size of each corporation, REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 1, 2009 NEt GAINS South Australian Department of treasury http://www.treasury.sa.gov.au 13 what do you find challenging? I would have to say the high level of command of the English language that is required for formal and informal communication. With little or no room for error, any correspondence or advice I offer needs thorough checking, and must be succinct and free of grammatical errors. I would also say that the volume of work and the stringent timeframe within which it must be completed is sometimes a challenge. what specific skills or business insights did taking part in the cPA Australia Internship Program give you? The internship program gave me an insight into a real- life work experience where every task is of significant importance and demands a high level of accuracy. I learned to become more task-orientated, became better at time management and developed the ability to complete tasks effectively and efficiently. GRADUAtE offIcER IN GovERNMENt AccoUNtING AND REPoRtING, SOUTH AUSTRALIAn DEPARTMEnT OF TREASURy AnD FInAnCE You will you be speaking at the Graduate careers conference in March. tell us about this. And are you nervous? At the graduate conference I will be sharing with other graduate students my experiences in preparing for the job market after graduation. This includes finding out where you would like to work, the expectation of those workplaces and how to be selected for positions. I will also talk about some of the challenges I am encountering in my current job and how I have worked through them. While I have trained myself to be a confident person, and have much experience in group forum conversation, I cannot deny that I do have a level of nervousness given the profile and quality of the Graduate Careers Conference. But I believe I will able to complete the task required of me to a very high standard. what direction do you hope your career takes? I hope that my career allows me to use all of the skills and knowledge I have gained and that I continue to take on higher levels of responsibility. In time, I would like to progress to a management position and have responsibility for a team. I also aspire to work in another large organisation that has a high profile in the corporate world. I’d like to see myself working as an executive accountant, which would give me the opportunity to travel and for workplace relocation. l intervieW
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