The Accountant – Issue 2 of 2021 (MIA Publication)
MIA Finance Assistant Stephania Bonello talks to The Accountant about her days, at work and away.
For those who don’t know you, what three words describe you best?
Diligent, ambitious and ethical.
And those who know you well, what do they call you?
What is your best memory from your time as a student?
There are so many! I can never forget the wonderful moments with my dear school buddies.
Why did you decide to join the MIA?
MIA is a great place to work, and I love being part of this team. The MIA is truly the voice of the accountants in Malta and we have an important mission to provide professional guidance, technical support and continuing professional education to members.
Describe a typical day at work.
My main responsibilities are the Debtors section within the Finance team, and I do the daily updating of payments received across all channels. I keep track of assigned accounts to identify outstanding debts, locating and contacting debtors. I also perform reconciliations and month-end procedures to assess the financial position.
What are your best qualities at work?
Organisation and time-management skills are my top attributes. I normally plan out my tasks, but there will be times when things don’t go to plan so I always factor the need for flexibility in my day.
The office culture is important to you. So, what do you find most challenging about working from home?
Social isolation, sitting at home by yourself. We all need human interaction.
And what do you do to unwind?
I cycle regularly, to keep myself healthy physically and mentally. Besides the benefits of exercise, riding is also a great way to get around.
Are you looking forward to travelling again?
I love travelling and road trips are the best way to explore. The road is an embrace of the unexpected, it renews my faith and broadens my mind. One of my favourite trips was to Switzerland. The Alps, the lakes, the quaint villages, and towering castles are incredibly picturesque. Apart from the scenery, Switzerland is also famous for its chocolate, making it an irresistible destination to a chocoholic like me.
And if you could travel in time, would you go back in history or forward into the future?
Definitely the past. To experience the serenity of a time with fewer people and a simpler life. And it would be awesome to meet some of history’s greatest people.
Speaking of great individuals, what fictional character would you like to be?
Sherlock Holmes. I would love to have his high intelligence, impressive observation skills and the keen concentration ability even against extreme distractions.