Meet Sarah Richards

Sarah Richards

 

 

Who is your mob and where did you grow up?

I am of Wongaibon descent and I grew up on the Gold Coast.

What university did you go to?

I went to Griffith University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Economics).

What made you study accounting?

I saw there was high demand for accountants, the salaries looked good and numbers are my thing so it was a perfect fit.

What type of work do you do and how does being an accountant help with your work?

After graduating, I accepted a graduate position at the Department of Finance. Mid-way through my graduate year, I received an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CPA scholarship to start the journey towards becoming a CPA qualified accountant.

Accounting has equipped me with a range of transferrable skills. And because CPA is an internationally recognised qualification, there’s the option to pursue a career overseas.

Best bit of advice ever given to you?

My Father, when helping with my schoolwork, would say ‘Have a go first and see where you get to’. I’m not sure if that was because he didn’t know the answer or because he wanted me to try to figure it out on my own.

What advice would you give to someone studying accounting at university?

Try to obtain a job while you’re studying that will give you some accounting experience.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to paint modern Aboriginal art, bake sweets, play touch football and assist with organizing events for the local NAIDOC committee.

What is your biggest goal in life?

To be successful, happy and not have any regrets.