This week, we also met with Kayla Richards CA, who is a senior accountant at the Richards Business Centre. We went through and asked her a couple of questions to see how she is going after winning her bursary.
1.What is your biggest achievement in business to date?
Achieving a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting and being recognized as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.The acknowledgement has promoted my position as a senior accountant within the firm, and has endorsed my role in terms of the practice management side of the business.
2.Tell us something about yourself that many people don’t know
I have had my boat license since before I was even old enough to hold a car license, and my ideal weekends include being outdoors on the water or enjoying the fresh air on a motorbike – a polar opposite scenario from my weekday office job (which I love too!).
3.What advice would you give to up and coming young business people
Pace yourself, and do not expect everything to happen overnight. Small, concerted and continuous efforts are the building blocks for a successful career in business.Patience is so essential, and it is important not to become discouraged by minor setbacks throughout the journey.
4.How did the bursary assist your business?
The bursary was used to assist in my final studies which are the core foundation of my role as a Chartered Accountant.Everything that I do and achieve for my clients each day, is as a direct result of my knowledge and experience, and therefore this is where the largest investment is required.
5.Phillip Leong assisted many young people in business, arts and sport. What contributions do you (and your business) make/plan to make to our community?
I have a role mentoring younger students who are going through their studies currently.I enjoy sharing my experiences, the challenges and the highlights of what I have learnt (and what I am currently still learning).
6.Do you have any reflections about the bursary process that could help current applicants?
Spend a genuine amount of time clarifying exactly what your goals – both short and long-term – are, and ensure that you have an outline of a plan for yourself, and how the bursary could fall into this plan.Be honest in your application, and provide a true representation of yourself and what you are aiming to achieve.
7.What future aspirations do you have for your professional career and/or your business?
I hope to continue building on my experience and ensuring that my client focus is refined to the point that I am able to positively impact on each and every business client that I have the opportunity to deal with.
8.Which local schools or education establishments have you attended?
I attended Holy Spirit Primary School, finished off my high school years at Townsville Grammar School, and attended James Cook University to complete my Bachelor of Business (Accounting).