It’s been a while since we posted a student profile, so we’re excited to share Bernard’s profile this week. Bernard was part of the September 2019 cohort, and recently received his certificate, just in time to end 2019 the right way!
Take a read through our interview with Bernard, to learn a bit more about him, why he joined the African Accounting Academy and what he’d like to do in the future:
Haystack: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Bernard: I am a Bachelor of Business Management graduate and I’m a current ACCA student.
In my recent position, I was responsible for recording materials received in the accounts, checking whether materials transferred out has deliveries and helping the management team prepare monthly reports and I enjoy working in the Accounting industry.
I have a great concern for detail and when I commit to perform a certain task, I always deliver within the set time. I am now looking to work in an Accounting environment where I can work with a team and continue to build on my skills.
Haystack: What university did you attend and what was your major?
Bernard: I attended the University of MT Kenya, Kigali Campus and I completed a Bachelor of Business Management. I majored in accounting.
Haystack: Where you working now and what are is your role?
Bernard: I work for a construction company called ROKO CONSTRUCTION LTD and my role is store keeping. I am also responsible for checking whether materials transferred out have been delivered and other logistical items. I also help the management team prepare monthly reports to show how well the company is doing each month.
Haystack: How has the African Accounting Academy impacted your day-to-day work?
Bernard: Well, before I joined the African Accounting Academy, I saw I did not have enough required knowledge to perform accounting activities but today I’m able to use Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks, and I can do bank reconciliations and month-end processes. In addition, due to these skills I gained from AAA, now I complete my work on time.
Haystack: Tell us about the AAA program. What did you enjoy most about it?
Bernard: The African Accounting Academy is an online course which provides 100 hours of practical training on fundamentals of accounting, Excel, QuickBooks, accounting processes and Taxation in Rwanda. The course is programed in the way that allows learners to easily get a deep understanding of basic accounting. I really enjoyed all modules, but especially liked accounting fundamentals 1, 2 and 3 and month-end processes.
Haystack: What are your career goals?
Bernard: I have the long-term goal in my life that I want to become a great professional accountant in a country where I will be working in one of the best accounting firms like Deloitte or PwC. To achieve this, I am now working towards my ACCA, which I hope to finish within 3 years.
Haystack: What are your hobbies outside work and studying?
Bernard: Well, I love to do things outside work and studying like reading newspapers and really I enjoy watching Filipino movies, like Bride Killer and Wild Flower.
Haystack: Thank you so much for your time Bernard, we really appreciate it