The Accountant – Issue 3 of 2021 (MIA Publication)
What are you best known for by the MIA team?
Possibly, for making myself available to any team member seeking help. And that singing is one of my ways to deal with a stressful situation.
Why did you join the MIA?
I was given the opportunity to follow my interest in organising events. The positive vibe that I found and the autonomy to explore opportunities for development make me glad I took up the offer.
Do you remember your first day at the MIA?
So very well! As the then new ‘Events and Relationships Coordinator’ I had to meet the team at a venue where we were setting up for an event. At some point, I saw my predecessor disappear into a massive box looking for something (as if she were doing a magic trick), and I remember thinking ‘I hope that level of physical flexibility is not part of the job!’
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part is our team of hard-working, determined, and high-spirited individuals led by our inspirational CEO. My role as an Education Officer is also an opportunity to make an impact on the future of the profession. Case in point, we launched a campaign to address stereotypes about the profession among students, and raise their interest in a career in accountancy.
Is your desk obsessively tidy or a mad clutter?
The middle of my desk is my space – sorted but also easily mobile, ready for a meeting at a moment’s notice. The edges though! Those are indeed cluttered with a backlog of papers - a visual reminder of my 3+ years at MIA.
What do you do to unwind?
What’s my word limit here? Mostly, I am a social introvert - I’m good with people, but sometimes I just need a good long read or a vegetable session with Netflix.
What song can you play over and over again?
I love music and choosing one song is practically impossible. I never switch off ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles when it’s on the radio, though.
If you could become fluent in a new language instantly, which would you choose, and why?
German – I spent some time in Austria and left a piece of my heart in Vienna.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
‘Life goes on.’ It does not matter what happens in life - the good, the bad, and the ugly – the wheel of life just keeps on turning and one just needs to learn to dance in the rain.
What’s your signature emoji?
Probably the *facepalm* or the *eyeroll*. I do like the tequila-salt-lemon combination – a reminder to take life with a pinch of salt (and a shot of tequila), although I’m more of a whisky kind-of-gal.