Tell us about your current role – what does a typical day look like for you?
I start my day of work usually at 9am. The first thing I will do is to check my emails and shipping status with different forwarders on-line to make sure the promising delivery of our containers. In the morning I usually do more planning type of work before all the suppliers in the far east staring their day. For example, the beginning of the month I will estimate next six months of sales base on historical data, and with the level of stock and budget, preparing the quote. In the afternoon my main tasks are focusing on communicating with suppliers, including a wide range of tasks, negotiating the price, lead time and payment term, checking the production status, booking the shipping and chasing documents for clearance. In one sentence, my major task is to make sure we buy the stock at the right time right amount and right quality. On Friday, reports about our order status and payment needed to be prepared for a smooth running of the stock flow.
What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?
Through efforts of our team, I enjoy witnessing how the business grow from a small office of three staff, and a 500sq meter warehouse, turning out to be a branch having 12 staff and a 2500sq meter warehouse. And turnover now is almost 10 times larger than it was in two years of time. And I feel proud when sales passed positive feedbacks about our products to me or they told me our customers just can’t get enough stock.
What were some of the memorable experiences you had at Deakin? i.e. social, academic, intellectual.
I still remember my first time walking into Deakin, I felt uncertain and nervous. Because this is such a big decision in my life time. And my friends back home were probably thinking I am crazy. Being in a country I have never been, trying to study something in a totally different field by another language, and just by the thoughts of 10 years age difference of my younger classmates, I was kind of stressed. But actually it wasn’t that hard than I thought, I was surprised by the amount of information I could get access to, especially through Deakin Cloud. By reviewing all the tasks and instruction of new courses. There should be no stress, because I can always prepare myself before the lecture, keep practising and even get different idea about the same question from different lecturers via recording. And I’ve been never tired of telling all the people I know about how great the lecturers are at waterfront campus. They are not only inspiring and encouraging, but teaching with styles. I can feel the great efforts in improving the interaction between the material and students, which I do really appreciate.
Did you learn anything from your Deakin studies to take directly to the workforce?
All the analyst skills I adopted for cost management and decision making is taken straight away from many accounting courses. Like MAA103 accounting for decision making and MAA230 management accounting. It teaches me a more systematic way of thinking in a business sense. From the idea of what data I should rely on for decision making and where I can get access to; what bench marks I need in terms of evaluating the whole performance, and what are the risks and what’s the magnitude and possibility. I guess it is not the single lecture that can help developing the procedure of thinking, it is all the business courses that form a strong framework of knowledge that we need in a business environment.
Can you give a specific example of a project or collaboration that you have been involved in with Deakin and how this has impacted your career to date? (If applicable)
Before graduation, I participated in an interactive learning unit and I was appointed to assist Mr Stephen William in designing a training course named professional banker for Westpac managers. Such a thrilling and challenging task! Even though it is a pity that the courses haven’t been delivered due to the central management changing in Westpac, the most valuable thought I have acknowledged is that what we actually learn can be applied to the real case of business rather than pure academic. Even for the managers in a reputable financial institution, it is still the same principle and framework that working behind. That gives me great courage and a level of comfort to practise all I have learned to my current job as a new graduate, and I was amazed how it worked in a real life practise.