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Irina Chernysheva, Financial Accountant


What is your career story?

I am in Finance over 15 years, completed PhD in Economics. Before moving to Australia, I never worked in Accounting, however I was always directly related to Finance and Economics. Immediately after arriving in Australia in 2014 I start looking for career opportunities for myself, and this is the moment I decided to progress in Accounting due to my strong technical skills. It was a long way, accompanied by birth of my son, local education, learning local accounting standards, full-time job and CPA study.

Being a single parent in new country and doing new career was a challenge but it helped me to believe in myself, get more confidence and, as a result, I was able to achieve my initial goals within a couple of years, but now I have higher goals.


What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

This is a very important day in my country, we even have a public holiday. This is a day to celebrate women’s achievements and recognise challenges. If we look back to history, one of the first strikes organised by working woman happened on March 8, when female workers started a protest against unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. This day worldwide focuses greater attention on women’s rights and equality, and this is a great opportunity to support and celebrate the women in our life (friend, wife, co-worker).


What is it like working in the technology industry and what are some of the challenges you have experienced?

Working in technology industry is very interesting experience as innovative technologies change so fast, and as a provider of IT services, our business encourages people to use technologies and stay ahead. Initially it was a challenge due to all new systems and a very dynamic business environment, but when you understand the end result, you accept challenges as technologies makes our life more efficient and allow us to perform more qualified tasks, where you want to take initiative of new projects. And this is great that we work in a business environment that allows us to grow and use the most efficient technologies for the benefit of the team and company as a whole.


Has anything in your personal life impacted / challenged or changed or working life?

My son is my biggest inspiration. The day he was born, I became much stronger and realised that I can achieve my goals, my fears disappeared as I wanted to be a good role model for my son. Being a single parent in a new country and doing a new career was a challenge but sometimes I am thinking, if not my son, I would probably never knew what I can achieve.


Conference Room

2020 Virtual HR Innovation & Tech Fest – “You Don’t See Squirrels Building Elevators”

The <a href="">2020 Virtual HR Innovation &amp; Tech Fest</a> celebrating talent, technology, and ideas was certainly off the beaten track as far as large-scale national events go with everyone involved participating from their loungerooms. However, as sponsors, we were excited to hear how the speakers and audience had used the COVID pandemic as the unlikely accelerant to innovation and embracing technology. A key insight unique to this year’s conference is how COVID is the accelerant to the innovation and adoption of technology not to replace human resources, but as a tool to improve employee engagement, customer experience, and business outcomes.  Here are a few of the sessions from the 2020 Virtual HR Innovation &amp; Tech Fest that we found most inspiring.

3 tips to successfully re-hire ‘boomerang’ employees

The eternal question of whether to build or buy talent to fill skills gaps has been debated for years. In 2023, why not consider the best of both worlds by re-hiring former workers?  ‘Boomerang’ employees have considerable benefits: they are familiar with the culture of their former organisation; they’ve possibly gained valuable skills and experience elsewhere; and having seen first-hand that the grass is not always greener elsewhere, they just might be the greatest advocates for your organisation. Even better, you know them, you know what they are capable of, so any ‘building’ in terms of extra skills will be marginal.