By Aufa Mardhiah
Vinothan Munnith Thiyanam is currently working as a Financial Analyst in CBRE Asia Pacific - Malaysia SSC. Graduated with Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) in 2018, his role in the Procure to Pay (PtP – Account Payable) team is to support two major countries, Hong Kong and India, and one minor country, Indonesia.
WHAT DOES FINANCIAL ANALYST DO?
- Keeping the track of all payments and expenditures, including payroll, purchase orders, invoices, statements, etc.
- Reconciling processed work by verifying entries and comparing system reports to balances.
- Maintaining historical records.
- Paying employees by verifying expense reports and preparing paycheques.
- Paying vendors by scheduling pay checks and ensuring payment is received for outstanding credit; generally responding to all vendor enquiries regarding finance.
- Preparing analyses of accounts and producing monthly reports
Aimed to be a Forensic Accountant, Vinot knows that he needs to learn the basic accounting rules in diploma or degree as the first level. Before stepping into the world of accounting, he gave few heads up to student who might consider studying accounting which are interest in numbers, obtain strong mental math calculations and ready to be equipped with many skills like technical skills of being able to perform calculations quickly and soft skills. Also other important skills are time management, scheduling, and planning for essentially every career.
Vinot also took this opportunity to clear out the perception people have over accounting graduate whereby they will venture into the accounting world and be a chartered accountant. That kind of perception to him is wrong because there are a variety of jobs in the accounting world to choose from, for instance like Auditor, Budget Analyst, Financial Controller, etc. Student can always start fresh and strive to the top.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN ACCOUNTING MAJOR STUDENT?
Surely student do wonder how to be successful in the accounting field? Well below are some tips from Vinot.
- Should know accounting principles (tax regulations, budgeting, reporting, auditing)
- Must know how to orient details accordingly
- Communication skills
- Time management
- Numbers doesn’t matter in any sector
As an accountant, you are part of a large network of other professionals, hence, you will be a lifelong learner and your roles will be challenging; but despite that you will be in a profession that is respected and known for integrity and ethics.
Last but not least, Vinot suggested that students think carefully of the future they want and understand the real meaning of the program they choose. So wait no more and come learn with our well-experienced academician and be a part of CITYU’s Faculty of Business (Business and Accounting).