Nur Haniza Ab Hamid

Senior Associate, Assurance

Bachelor in Accounting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, 2008

What did you do at university?
I studied accounting at RMIT University in Melbourne. To be honest, I was puzzled at one point about the career path I should take. But since I admired my dad, who was an accountant at the time, I decided to take up accounting. The journey was tough as I did not have any accounting background in high school but it grew on me and I found it interesting eventually.

Why did you choose a career in your field?
When I did my internship with a multinational company in the financial accounting area, I realised that I didn’t want my expertise and knowledge to be limited to a specific industry. I wanted to broaden my exposure in various industries with different sets of clients and understand how these organisations run their businesses.

What do you do in your job?
I am in the assurance line of service (audit). My day-to-day job is to ensure our clients’ financial statements are in accordance with the approved accounting standards, and the work performed is in accordance with the International Standards of Auditing (ISA). In addition, I am required to understand how their businesses work and why they do things the way they do, which is very crucial when auditing a client because different companies have different cultures and methods in running their organisation.

What do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people. Not just at the clients’ place but also within PwC because I am usually assigned to different jobs with different teams. As such, I will be working in different environments from time to time and this has taught me to be able to adapt to every situation that I am in. On top of that, being able to add value to our clients’ work is another reason why I enjoy my job. Best of all, every job allows me to tackle new challenges, which helps in my career development.

What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
Time management is very important when working in an audit firm. This is because I am not only working within tight deadlines but I also need to spare a lot of time to obtain my ACCA qualification. Apart from that, being able to adapt to different situations seamlessly is also vital because every client will have their own unique way of doing things. Thankfully, I have managed to develop this skill over the years working with PwC.

What are your future plans?
My future plans are to become a chartered accountant and to inspire the younger generation to take up this profession.

Some advice
Focus on achieving your goals. Never let go of them and always hold on to your principles.