Chandrashekar (Chandra) Raju

Genetic Development (New Zealand) Ltd - Hamilton

Key Info

  • Master of Professional Accounting

Chandra Raju hails from India, and has recently graduated with his Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct) from the University of Waikato.

He considered his options in New Zealand and Australia before making the decision to study at Waikato, where he could complete the programme in a shorter amount of time - only 14 months - compared to other institutions.

Chandra chose the Master of Professional Accounting to achieve his future plans for advancing his career, having worked in the banking and asset management sectors.

While the course workload is intensive, Chandra feels “the entire programme is structured in a very thoughtful way, starting with the basics, then moving from intermediate to advanced accounting topics. The course brings in elements of information systems and law as well, so we can be decision-makers, not just book-keepers.”

Chandra received a University of Waikato New Zealand Excellence Scholarship, which eased the costs of moving countries and on his family back in India.

Whilst studying he lived on campus, and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and facilities such as the gym, pool and Wellbeing Hub where he met new people with different perspectives and cultures. He also spent his time when not studying volunteering, helping organisations with their accounting and working as a community patrol member at events around Hamilton.

Gaining some knowledge of Xero from his lecturers and tutors meant Chandra was work-ready, and the internship paper gave him the opportunity to start building a network here in New Zealand to establish his career.

Chandra was keen to stay in Hamilton as he loves its vibrance, smaller population and warm weather (some of the time!).

Towards the end of his degree, Chandra found a role at Genetic Development (New Zealand) Ltd, a Hamilton livestock company, through Student Job Search. The role was initially 20 hours a week, and it became a full-time role once Chandra had completed his master's degree. Initially he was assisting the Chief Financial Officer with daily administration tasks, but now he has become fully immersed in the company’s finance function.

Chandra is enjoying putting the technical aspects of his Master of Professional Accounting degree into practice. Some of his key responsibilities include performing accounting functions like invoicing, managing debtors and creditors, administering payroll, PAYE, GST, as well as contacting farmers in regards to their herd characteristics and maintaining files on farmers and stock.

Each of his classes has contributed to his work in some way, he says, whether it’s specialised aspects such as intercompany transactions, job codes and cost allocations, understanding legal contracts, organisational behaviour and teamwork or understanding why certain business decisions are made.

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