Tina Lau

Tina Lau

Monash University
University of Melbourne
Tina studied Bachelor of Science and Arts & Master of Professional Accounting

What's your job about?

Prepare report to creditors, prepare statutory reports to ASIC, conduct investigations and asset realisations for administrations, liquidations and bankruptcies.

What's your background?

I grew up in Melbourne - Templestowe

Important stages of my life (school, education, experience abroad, jobs...)

  • Catholic Primary school
  • Methodist High School
  • University of Melbourne – undergraduate
  • Monash University - postgraduate
  • First job was waitress at a busy café
  • First professional job was at a public accounting firm as a tax clerk
  • Second professional job is at Pitcher Partners

Entered Pitcher Partners as Insolvency Clerk in 2014
Transferred to be in the professional side and started as a graduate in 2016
I have been at Pitcher Partners for 2 and a half years now

Just got engaged – have been dating for 10 years!
Travelled overseas in Asia and saw how life can be very different overseas

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes – I believe someone else can do it, you just need to put in the effort and be adaptable. You need to be prepared to continuously learn and be okay with bumps along the way.  

Be thick skinned, persistent and have the ability to think on the spot. You will deal with angry creditors and employees. In insolvency you are in a position where you need to liaise with different people who may not be understanding or reasonable, so need you need to be able to converse with people depending on the situation.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

The thing I love most about my job is conducting investigations into the affairs of a company or individual. One of my manager always says it’s like a jigsaw puzzle, you never get the full picture but you get awfully close. I love the part where I discover a piece of information that fits in with the rest of the information and feels like I have solved a part of a mystery.

I conduct investigations from different avenues of enquiries and would follow up for responses which can take several weeks at times.

What are the limitations of your job?

Biggest limitation is being on the computer most of the day, puts a strain on eyes. Most of the time we are in the office, so there isn’t a lot of “going out” to see clients. The only time we really go out is for new appointments where we collect books and records or close down a business if it is trading. Occasionally we go out to court for mediations and on rare occasions we do visits to bankrupts place of residence for interviews or raids.

Pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Go travel and enjoy the free time. When you start working you need to accumulate leave and its not easy when Christmas takes most leave. So enjoy the time you have at university and go travelling during university breaks.
  • Doing a part job is also helpful in getting pocket money and experience. It also helps with your resume when looking for work in the future. So purely focusing on study is not always the best thing to do, you need to be an all-rounder.