Cost Analyst, Vodafone New Zealand
Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Management
She loves that no two days in her career are the same, says business alumna Victoria McGregor who is now a cost analyst at Vodafone New Zealand.
“My position involves ownership and oversight of certain operating expenses within Vodafone. I’m responsible for month end preparation and reporting, quarterly forecasting and working with business managers to provide and deliver insights, solutions and advice.
“We work in a fast-paced corporate environment, which means there are always opportunities to gain exposure to grow my learning and career. One of the highlights for me so far was being seconded into a senior financial analyst position while a colleague was on parental leave. I stepped up to the challenge and received amazing feedback. I also value the work culture Vodafone has created as it embraces inclusiveness, collaboration and respect.”
A modern approach to university
For Victoria, the journey towards her current career started with enrolling in AUT’s Bachelor of Business.
“I’ve always had a passion for financial numeracy and was interested in understanding how organisations financially operate. Accounting can be applied to many different industries; therefore, I knew that I’ll be able to pivot my knowledge and experience around limitless sectors. I also chose to study management as it’s an integral part of an organisation’s success. The management courses taught me how and why people behave in organisations, and the nature of power, influence and leadership.”
There were many highlights throughout her time at university, says Victoria who is proud of being one of the top performing accounting students in both 2018 and 2019, and one of the top performing management students in 2018.
“I valued AUT’s modern and hands-on approach to university education. The nature of the lectures, tutorials and practical learning was very beneficial to myself and my career.
“Highlights of my time at AUT include the workplace experience in my final year. I believe this gave me a learning experience like no other. I was given the opportunity to experience the corporate world first-hand and gain practical experience that complemented my personal strengths, interests and educational needs.”
Advice for other students
Victoria, who graduated from AUT at the end of 2019, has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to make use of the resources that are provided to you. I went into AUT as a fresh high school graduate who didn’t realise how self-directed university would be.
“Using these resources can really benefit your time, and achievements. Looking back, I wish I had used the resources students have access to sooner.”