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Eunice studied Bachelor of Applied Finance at Macquarie University
What's your job about?
Joining Aristocrat as part of the Graduate Program gives me great opportunity to rotate and gain exposure in different teams. The Finance Graduate role is a 2-year program where you will get rotations into 8 different teams.
I am currently about 1.5 years into my program and on my seventh rotation in the Corporate Planning & Reporting Team. As Aristocrat is a global company, my current team looks at the consolidated numbers to feed into the general reports for the company (i.e. Finance Reports) and work closely with Regional Managers and the General Manager of Finance.
My roles and responsibilities vary from team to team; some work on month end schedules whereas some teams are project based. On a day-to-day basis, I deal with creating budgeting models/templates, ensure all accounts reconcile, generating financial reports, and generating insurance executive summaries etc. Most of my allocated tasks or projects are usually ad hoc, due to being on rotation.
What's your background?
I came from a multi-culture background. I’ve lived in both Hong Kong and Australia for about 10+ years in each country. I relocated to Sydney in High School and been here ever since. I love the culture here in Sydney.
I’m passionate about sports and travelling and ever since early High School I knew I love maths. I would be excited for all my maths classes and I would put my hand up to help answer any maths questions that my friends had. I always had an interest in studying Finance but unfortunately my High School did not offer this subject so I enrolled into a Bachelor of Applied Finance at Macquarie University. My interest towards Finance grew as I continued my degree.
During my university studies I worked various part time jobs - as a barista, maths tutor and as an intern accountant. Hence, I don’t have much practical experience in the Finance field. I applied for many other graduate roles prior to completing my degree but there is a lot of talent out there! After I completed my degree, I applied for the Graduate Program at Aristocrat and was fortunate enough to be offered the Finance Graduate role, my first step into my Finance career path.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
They can but of course it would be helpful if you have some background in Accounting or Finance. Especially with the Finance Graduate program, you will be on a rotating basis so the main goal is to learn and have passion on what you do. You will be going into different teams, and each team will be different in terms of the function and culture. You should have the ability to adapt and have an open mind to maximise your learning in your different rotations. However, Aristocrat has a very supportive community and a flexible working culture which is opened to anyone who is willing to learn.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
Being a fast growing company, Aristocrat has many future opportunities as well as established structures and procedures. We also have a very supportive community which assists employees with their studies.
The best thing about this job is the exposure you get from the rotations. This is a great opportunity where you can put your hand up for teams that you are interested in working. You will get the opportunity to work in but not limited to the following teams: Shared Services, Australia Integration Centre (Cost Accounting – based at our manufacturing site), Group Technical Accounting, Risk & Audit, and Commercial Finance Team etc.
Note that some of the rotations are core such as Group Planning and Reporting while some other teams such as Risk & Audit are optional. This program is designed to ensure you build a strong understanding of the business and the finance department structure. This will allow you to have a better understanding where your interests truly lie.
What are the limitations of your job?
There is always a good side and bad side to things. Even though having rotations provide great opportunities and exposure to different teams within the department, there are limitations attached to it. To ensure we get a general understanding of the schedules, functionality and to adapt into each team, we get 3 months in each rotation. 3 months is generally enough for you to grasp the basics of the team but does not provide a true representation of what the team is like. In my opinion it takes more than 3 months to truly adapt into the team’s culture. Also each team will have a different focus on different periods of the year, eg some teams during half year results will have a different focus compared to periods when the company is being audited.
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
- Focus on finding a job that provides the practical learning to your degree or the industry that you want to work in, especially internships. It will bring future benefits to you plus some things you just cannot learn from books. Also your job may potentially be your stepping stone into a graduate role.
- Join more social clubs and sports club which can expand your social groups and take advantage of the connections you come across in those clubs as it may provide career opportunities.
- If you have the opportunity, go on student exchange. Travelling to another country, living and studying there to get a feel what different cultures are like. You may not get that chance to travel through study or work, so take advantage of it. You will have a much different experience travelling for a holiday than for work or study.