Age Proves Only A Number For Accountant Assistant Hana Phillis

16 Dec 2014

Katrina Te Hana Phillis (Hana) felt nervous at the start of her Certificate in Business Administration (Level 4) at Waiariki. A beneficiary since 2005, Hana had picked up a job as a cleaner at Noske Skogg in 2011. Determined not to let that be her final role and in her forties, she walked into a classroom of eighteen to twenty-four year old students and sat down as one of them.

“I needed qualifications, experience was not enough anymore and with my relationship broken-up, I needed my own income.”

In the time since, Hana has gone on to complete Waiariki’s Diploma in Accounting (Level 5), Diploma in Business Studies (Level 5), and New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) at Waiariki's Whakatane campus.

“The environment at Waiariki is awesome, especially if you haven't studied for a while. The heads of each department worked with me to find out what made me tick and we just went from there. As I completed one qualification, they advised me what I could do next and that is how I got to be where I am now.”

Currently working at Glenn Sullivan Chartered Accountant Ltd as an Accountant Assistant, Hana enjoys the travel elements of her role, meeting new people and that she was able to recommend a fellow Waiariki classmate for a vacancy which arose in her office, a vacancy her recommendation ended up securing.

“My ultimate goal is to be a mentor for the up and coming accountants and auditors. Unfortunately for so many out there, there are not enough mentors,” says Hana, as she looks to ‘play forward’ the knowledge she has received, once she has completed her Chartered Accountant qualifications to become an Auditor.

“As for advice, I say just go for it. Don't let any doubts you have stop you.”

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