Neha new but not nervous
As the newest member of staff at NZCU Employees, accountant Neha Garcha is finding it easy to settle in thanks to her supportive colleagues and a sense of belief in the principles of the credit union. Barely two months into her role and she’s found her groove. Neha is ready to apply her accountancy skills and experience but also to learn and develop new ones.
Born and raised in India, Neha says she had always wanted to be an accountant.
So while her brother went to work in Dubai, Neha completed her studies at the University of Punjab, Chandigarh and worked as an accountant for Nestle International Limited.
However it had always been a dream of hers to study in New Zealand, so after three years Neha packed up and made her way to the land of the long white cloud.
“I came to New Zealand almost two years ago when I was 23. I completed a graduate diploma in Professional Accounting from EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology) in the Hawkes Bay and then got a job in Auckland and moved here.”
Neha says while Hawkes Bay was nice and quiet, she felt a bit lonely so moved here to Auckland where she had a cousin.
“I’m adapting to Auckland, it’s so different to Hawkes Bay- the roads are busier,” she laughs.
Joining the team at NZCU Employees has been a great help.
NZCU Employees was looking for a new accountant, and Neha was looking for a role that she could contribute to as much as she could learn from.
“From a knowledge and skills perspective you learn less at big firms. Starting at a small company gives you the ability to grow and do work that allows you to grow your knowledge base, skills and experiences.”
Having a background working for a multinational company such as Nestle, and from a national bank like Kiwi Bank where she worked for a few months in Hawkes Bay before moving to Auckland, Neha is excited to be at such a community-focused organisation.
“As a credit union NZCU Employees don’t work for a profit, but for the members.
“They support and help people fulfil their financial dreams, whether through loans with small interest rates, or savings – this is important to me.”
As the credit union’s accountant, Neha’s main duties are to maintain accounts. She hopes that in her role she helps NZCU Employees by properly maintaining accounts to help the organisation achieve targets.
Neha also hopes to gain study towards her CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in October.
Having already learned so much thanks to her supportive colleagues Neha doesn’t feel like a newbie.
“Whenever you join a new organisation it’s very daunting but they are very supportive and I like it very much.
“They’re honest, friendly and I never feel like a new person because they treat me very well.”