UKZN Graduate making her mark in the Finance World General

Ms Risha Rajkumar.Ms Risha Rajkumar.

A Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification continues to open doors for career growth for UKZN Accounting graduate Ms Risha Rajkumar.

She has come a long way from her days as a UKZN BCom Accounting student who benefited from a bursary from the Shoprite Group to finance her undergraduate studies.

Rajkumar is currently the Designate Salary Accounts Manager at Shoprite’s Cape Town headquarters.

‘The Chartered Accountancy profession opens the door to a wide variety of exciting career opportunities because you gain an in-depth and holistic understanding of the business environment,’ said Rajkumar. ‘During training you are rated on both technical and professional skills. The development of my professional skills - such as managing and leading, delegating, and being an effective communicator - have been essential to my career growth.

‘My job is the ideal combination of accounting, problem solving and interacting with people – so it is never dull or mundane, each day is completely different. I spend the majority of my time problem solving, providing guidance, leading people and ensuring that risks are identified and actively managed.

‘I am currently being groomed to take over from someone who has fulfilled the role for more than 20 years,’ she said.

Rajkumar intends to continue growing her career within the Shoprite Group while lecturing part time.

‘Aside from working at Shoprite I have a passion for lecturing and for the past two years I have been lecturing part time at a private institution to students who are completing various auditing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate (CTA) level. My career goal has always been to work with, lead and inspire large groups of people and to strive for excellence on a professional and personal level. I hope to do this on a much larger scale over the next few years,’ she added.

Thandiwe Jumo