A career in accounting
Perth-based Nicola Howe was 27 when she took the first step towards achieving her goal to become a certified practicing accountant by seeking an Australian Apprenticeship with her employer, PoolWerx and the Central Institute of Technology.
“As an accounts officer at PoolWerx, I knew the Certificate IV in Financial Services (Accounting) would advance my career so I asked my employer if they would be interested in offering me a traineeship," Nicola said.
"I was delighted when they said yes."
Her employer was more than happy to help Nicola reach her career goals, and so impressed with her efforts, PoolWerx has sponsored her to undertake a Diploma of Accounting.
“I like the challenge accounting work gives me – I get a real brain workout," she said.
"Plus, the sense of achievement I feel once I have completed a task is incomparable."
In her role as accounts manager at PoolWerx, Nicola has put what she learnt into practice, streamlining a number of procedures including invoicing and remittance advice processing and providing supervision to administration staff in areas of junior accounting tasks.
In 2012, Nicola was recognised for her achievements in her Australian Apprenticeship, being named the Western Australia Trainee of the Year and a finalist representing her state the same year at the Australian Training Awards.
Nicola’s success at the WA and Australian Training Awards has helped her to become well known in the broader PoolWerx national network and has become sought after by other franchisees in assisting them to set up sound financial management procedures.
“You don’t have to be straight out of school to undertake a formal qualification," she said.
"Learning on the job can help you realise what you can do personally without the formalised classroom scenario.
“My traineeship has given me the motivation to continue learning as long as it takes me to reach my goals."