A Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping from RMIT is helping Matthew Lillywhite open up any number of career opportunities.
“The skills I’m learning are needed anywhere there’s business – so they can help me get a job almost anywhere in the world.”
I'm from Sunbury, in Victoria, out past the airport. I graduated from high school in 2017. Unfortunately, I missed the course I was aiming for so I took a gap year, took off overseas and drove my way around Europe.
After 12 months over there, I back to Australia and got a job as a Customer Consultant with the ATO. I assumed it would be just a stop-gap thing, while I waited for the next part of my life to begin. While visiting family, my uncle convinced me I shouldn’t wait for something to come along, I should try and make something happen.
The government had a Free TAFE initiative, so I looked at a couple of options.
I chose to do a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping from RMIT.
I chose the course for a number of reasons. I like numbers, so accounting appealed to me. It was convenient – the campus is right in town – so I could get to and from classes really easily. And the skills I’m learning are needed anywhere there’s business – so they can help me get a job almost anywhere in the world.
At RMIT, I’m learning old-school accounting techniques, but also learning how those can be applied with new technology. The teachers are fantastic, very supportive and able to boil down complex concepts to simple components.
We’re learning how to take data and information, and turn that into useful statistics and then create reports and discussions about what this actually means and then showing us how we can make decisions based on that.
Instead of having to sit there with a pen and paper and work out every single account, every single transaction, and make calculations and determinations based on that, we can just push a button on the Excel spreadsheet and you instantly see a quarter, a month, a year of financial data at your disposal.
The tech side of it is really interesting. It’s really helpful having teachers who know how to use the tech sitting right there, so you can ask any question you need when the issue is fresh. And they’re helping me see the benefit to business – which will help me later in my career.
With more and more businesses looking to move their finances into tech-based systems, there’s a big push to ramp up the tech side, so there’s lots of roles for people with my skills opening up - and you can’t get these sort of jobs without this course.
It comes with a payrise, which is always welcome, but it also means getting to do more interesting work, which opens up even more interesting career options.
I’m getting the financial skills I need to prove I know what I’m talking about.
Which gives me more options, in more places, for an interesting career, helping me add value to businesses – which makes me more employable.
I’m not just making up the numbers.
Because I have RMIT know how.