Financial accountant / Mitre10 Mega - Wellington, New Zealand
- Master of Professional Accounting
- Bachelor of Social Science
After completing a psychology degree, it took a stint of working in admin at a car dealership for Hayley Flett to realise she had a knack for numbers. Her newfound interest led her to consider postgraduate courses that would lead to accounting career opportunities.
Hayley stumbled across Waikato's Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct) and found it was exactly what she wanted.
“The course sold me quite easily because it was only 14 months of study, and I didn’t want to spend another 3 to 4 years doing another bachelor’s degree. It was exactly what I was looking for. Being able to say that I’m the first in my family to have a masters is also pretty awesome.”
Hayley describes the programme as broad and well-rounded. “The best thing about the course is that it's really tailored for people wanting to become certified professional accountants, so it allowed me to apply for provisional membership with either Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand or CPA Australia or ACCA.
"The papers helped me understand what I was going into career-wise, especially the foundations and theory of auditing. Another really useful paper for me taught us to how to navigate around Xero and enhance our Excel skills, which we use a lot in the auditing world."
"Going from no knowledge of accounting and jumping from first-year to third-year accounting papers in one year was hard, but it was an accomplishment and it was 100% worth it."