Steven Rowland recently joined us at an official graduation ceremony, where his mentor Maggie proudly presented him with his FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting. Here is his story:
‘The hard part was, if I’d realised things a few years ago, I would have gotten qualifications before I sold my business! My business was outdoor adventure tourism; business, canoeing, kayaking, that sort of thing. I wore all the hats; pot-washing, advertising, promotion, accounting, everything! So I had a lot of experience.
I was able to get Recognition of Prior Learning for a BSB50215 Diploma of Business and a BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety as well. Then I’ve done the FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting through training.
I’d always been interested in numbers. Maths was my best subject at school.
I’ve had accountants myself over the years, and I’ve always been one of those people that they loved but they hated. I’d know almost everything they were going to tell me about the financials.
So I’ve had a lot of experience with MYOB and doing a BAS (Business Activity Statement) and those sorts of things. I got RPL for about a third of this qualification.
I realised a few years ago that I’m not as young as I used to be. That was half the reason for selling the business. I acknowledge that I can’t go on doing manual labour for too many years. It seems the government wants me to work until I’m seventy, so I want to be sat down at a desk while I’m doing it!
So, accounting makes sense, although I’ve always enjoyed Health and Safety as well. I don’t want to work for myself again, I want to work for someone else. It’s so much easier than having to search for the work, do the promotions and everything. You go and do your job, then you come home at night and relax.
It’s hard for people who don’t have their own business to understand, but you never sign off. You never really have time off. Even when you go on holidays, you’re still working.
Having the qualification feels good. From what I can tell, you need the piece of paper to get your foot in the door.
When I got the email from Maggie saying I’d completed, that was a good feeling! That was a night of celebration, too.’
Congratulations Steven, and we hope you find a comfortable desk job that takes you all the way to retirement!