Rubiix Team - Acounting Awards 2024
L-R: Eliza Smith, Stuart Coulthard, Huong Lisner, Mark Debeljak & Laura Sinclair at the Australian Acounting Awards 2024

Recently, Rubiix Business Accountants attended the 2024 Australian Accounting AwardsIn fact, Rubiix was nominated as a finalist for Boutique Firm Of The Year, and one of our current graduates Huong Lisner was nominated for Accounting Student Of The Year. We are so appreciate of these awards, recognising leading firms and professionals driving the Australian accounting industry.

Today, we chat with Huong Lisner on her experience with the Accounting Awards, her academic journey and challenges as a student, and what it’s like to be a graduate accountant in a thriving industry.

Question 1: Congratulations Huong, on being nominated as a finalist for the Accounting Student of the Year! How did you feel when you first heard the news? And what was your experience like at the Awards Night? 

Huong Lisner: Thank you so much! When I first heard the news, I was ecstatic and deeply honored. It felt like a validation of all the hard work and dedication I’ve put into my journey. The Awards Night was an incredible experience, filled with inspiring stories and remarkable individuals. It was a moment of reflection on how far I’ve come and a source of motivation to continue striving for excellence in the accounting field. 

Question 2: Can you share a bit about your academic journey and what motivated you to pursue a career in accounting? 

Huong Lisner: My academic journey in accounting began with a deep fascination for numbers and financial systems. I completed my accounting degree with a strong desire to make a difference in the business world. However, life took an exciting turn when I decided to open a restaurant, which I successfully ran for four years. The birth of my daughter brought new priorities, and I sold the business to focus on my family and reignite my passion for accounting. This journey has been driven by a love for both family and the analytical challenges that accounting presents. 

Question 3: What are some of the key challenges you faced during your studies and now as a graduate. How did you overcome them?  

Huong Lisner: Balancing my CA studies while working full time and being a new mother, are significant challenges. Time management and prioritisation became crucial skills. I overcame these challenges by staying super organised and maintaining a clear focus on my goals. As a graduate, transitioning back into the accounting field required updating my knowledge and skills, which I did through continuous learning and professional development.

L-R: Huong Lisner, Laura Sinclair & Eliza Smith at The Australian Accounting Awards 2024

Question 4: Without disclosing personal information, could you tell us about a particular project or experience during your time at Rubiix that you are especially proud of? 

Huong Lisner: Starting from an entry-level position and advancing to a graduate role within just 10 months at Rubiix is an achievement I am proud of. This rapid progression was a testament to my hard work, dedication, and passion for accounting. Being recognised by the Australian Accounting Awards for my contributions was the icing on the cake. It reinforced the idea that perseverance and a commitment to excellence truly pay off. This experience has fuelled my motivation to continue pushing boundaries and striving for success in my accounting career. 

Question 5: What do you believe sets you apart from other accounting graduates or students, leading to your nomination as a finalist? 

Huong Lisner: What sets me apart is my unique journey and diverse experiences. Running a successful restaurant taught me invaluable lessons in business management, customer service, and financial oversight. These experiences, combined with my academic background in accounting, give me a well-rounded perspective. My resilience, adaptability, and continuous pursuit of excellence have been key factors in my nomination as a finalist. 

Question 6: How do you stay updated with the latest trends and developments in the accounting industry?

Huong Lisner: Staying updated with the latest trends and developments is essential in the accounting industry. I regularly read industry journals, follow thought leaders on social media, and participate in webinars and workshops. Being a member of professional accounting organisations provides access to valuable resources and networking opportunities. Additionally, I prioritize continuous professional development through courses and certifications to ensure my skills remain current and relevant. 

Question 7: What are your career aspirations, and how do you plan to achieve them in the coming years?

Huong Lisner: My career aspirations include becoming a CA and eventually taking on a leadership role within a reputable accounting firm. I am particularly interested in forensic accounting, as it aligns with my passion for uncovering financial discrepancies and ensuring ethical practices. To achieve these goals, I plan to continue my education, gain diverse experiences across different sectors, and build a strong professional network. Balancing my career ambitions with quality time for my family is a priority, and I am committed to finding that balance through careful planning and support from my loved ones.

Directors Stuart Coulthard & Mark Debeljak at The Australian Accounting Awards 2024

Thank you so much to the Australian Accouting Awards

We thank once again Accountants Daily for the wonderful experience at the. Australian Accounting Awards to celebrate the best of the best, pinpointing ‘professional development and innovation’. We look forward to contributing to the accounting industry and building rising stars. 

We would like to take this time to congratulate our entire team as we are so incredibly proud of you for your dedication, hard work and support this past year and in the future. We congratulate and wish Huong Lisner continued success in her promising accounting career with Rubiix and in the future. Rubiix and Huong’s journey is an inspiration to many aspiring graduate accountants and beyond, and a testament to what dedication and passion can achieve. 

What an achievement. Congratulations Rubiix and Huong! 

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