Resilience and understanding the fundamentals of accounting, says experienced finance professional Dr Michelle Yeong.
“I think one should perhaps learn to understand the fundamentals of accounting first,” she says.
“Then it is a combination of depth in terms of technical skills, such as audit and tax, and a breadth of professional and IT skills, which includes knowledge in financial technology – 'FinTech', coding, ethics, and communication skills.
“You might want to have that bracket of skills to be successful in finance but staying resilient in the face of constant change is also key.”
Michelle is a relatively new face in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University.
Making the move back to Australia from Oxford Brookes University, England, in 2021, Michelle is now Senior Lecturer at Flinders, sharing 20 years of international experience in the financial sector with her students in business studies and accounting.
“In the Flinders College of Business, Government and Law, the leadership mindset is so forward thinking, and it embraces innovation,” she says. “I really admire that, and I am so excited to be a part of the team.”
Having started coding and computer programming at the age of 10, Michelle grew up with an interest in computer science. However, accounting and finance promised her career stability at a time when computer science had yet to cement a reputation for highly secured jobs.
“That was why I chose accounting and finance,” she says.
“It was important for me understand the concept of money and how business works, and to have career security, I knew I would have a promising career. Everyone knows that all businesses need accountants, tax agents, and auditors.