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Real Business : Issue 1 2010
cpacareers.com.au Mentoring is a culture we promote at State Street. is is an initiative under State Street Global Inclusion Program -- an organisation-wide program to promote a working culture in which all employees feel valued, engaged and respected. rough this program, we set up a CPA network that encourages people to pursue their professional development by way of CPA Program and provide a platform for people to network and form their mentoring relationship with a qualified CPA Australia member in the company. Sometimes it can be very hard to schedule time for our regular catch-ups but I always encourage my mentees to approach me whenever I m free. Mentoring needs to be a two-way process to be successful. During my catch-ups with May, we discuss where she s heading with her career and ways of handling difficult situations with clients and staff members. We will always try to encourage our team members to perform at the next level. at s the only way that they can develop their career so they are able to progress. Completing CPA Program helped me progress in a lot of ways, especially with recognition in the market. With the CPA accreditation, you are regarded as a professional accountant with further studies and professional years of training. I also received a lot of support and mentoring from senior CPA Australia members, they had given me a lot of encouragement and guidance in my journey to become a CPA Australia member. It s very much in the CPA Australia tradition that we help the younger generation with their careers and CPA Australia has been very supportive of this mentoring initiative. I believe May will do well in her career. She is liked by other team members and is detailed in her work. She s also a good teacher to her junior team members. We all get along very well. 17 For more information, visit www.statestreet.com "IT S VERY MUCH IN THE CPA AUSTRALIA TRADITION THAT WE HELP THE YOUNGER GENERATION WITH THEIR CAREERS AND CPA AUSTRALIA HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS MENTORING INITIATIVE." MAY BIAN I m a client accountant, so I assist my account manager on queries and also super vise the account analysts. I ve been with State Street for three years and if I have any issues, I go straight to my mentor, Alex Leong. I ve always known that Alex thinks becoming a CPA is very important and that he s a CPA Australia member so, even before I applied to CPA Program, I asked if he d be my mentor. CPA Australia is well recognised in my company and I think it will be a big credit if I complete CPA Program. I got three exemptions for my CPA Program because I studied accounting for my bachelor degree and commerce for my masters, so each semester I take one segment and it means it won t take long. Alex and I work on the same floor and we meet once a week or once every two weeks -- it depends. Sometimes it s a formal chat: I bring the folder and we discuss my experience and my work; but sometimes it will be just an informal catch-up to see how I m going. Alex is very friendly. He s easy-going and I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts with him. Even if I have problems at work or have problems with a colleague, I will share with him and we talk about it. I feel very supported at State Street. Sometimes the job is stressful -- we work long hours -- but when I have any issues, I don t hesitate to go to top management and talk to them. I think that s very important. At one point, I wasn t motivated at work and I talked to Alex. Now I feel that I should look at the long term for my career, not just think, "it s busy and it s stressful". He shared some of his thoughts with me and now I think I ll get through this busy time and it ll get better. Alex is very busy, too, but any time I m really stressed out, I give him a call or email him and, straight away, he says "let s go have a talk, let s have a coffee". You know, to relax and calm down. He s very nice. I ve learned a lot from him. e biggest thing is that he focuses on the long term. Every time I have problems, I become cranky but he is very mature and handles the pressure well. He taught me not to blow up every time I have problems. ey happen in every job, not only this one. And I think that s very important for me. I m not sure if I ve taught Alex anything in return. Maybe I ve helped him understand young people s thoughts through sharing the challenges I ve had. I enjoy what I do now and I think I ll stay at State Street long term and aim to get promoted. I definitely think attaining CPA status will help me with that. I recommend CPA Program to anyone in my position. It s very helpful and it s good because when you stress at work and you come home and study a little bit, it refreshes the mind and makes you relax sometimes as well. I don t treat CPA Program like study -- it s not like pressure or anything. I just thinkofitasoneofmy interests, that s the easier way to study. Outside work, I also like skiing and jazz dancing, though it s a little bit hard to fit it all in. Dancing should be every Saturday but, by then, sometimes I just want to sleep in!
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