Build a career around what you are passionate about – Kerrie Lucy
Kerrie Lucy, a Manager Bookkeeper with Bookkeeping HQ has always loved working with both numbers and people and started her current role when she fell pregnant and was looking for a career she could do from home.
She believes that the best advice she received in her career was to invest time early on knowing it pays off in the end. When not at work, Kerrie relishes the change to spend time maintaining the family property and animals which include 17 alpacas, two sheep, chooks and two cats.
When did you start your current job?
Can you tell us briefly about your career to date?
Over the past 28 years, I have gained many new skills by dealing with approximately 30 different industry types. My career allows me flexibility, while allowing me to keep a balance between my family life and work. I wanted a career where I could work from home and only needed a computer, phone and desk to do that in 1992. I have gained many of my skills from hands-on experience and also did some further study to gain further knowledge.
Did you have a mentor?
I did, a colleague I worked with when I was working for the public sector. I was a junior office clerk, and I was taken under the wing of the financial team because I showed enthusiasm in the junior role I was doing. I knew at this time I wanted to be a great achiever and I believed in myself that this would be possible.
What do you think women with strong professional aspirations need to hear?
Be positive and give it a go. You will be pleasantly surprised if you put your mind to something you are very passionate about. Refer to as many mentors you can – this will give you a boost to grow strong and build an empire.
What one piece of advice would you offer a professional woman?
Pick an industry that is satisfying, something you love and are very passionate about, something that will also allow you to have time with your family and friends. Think about the lifestyle you want. What are your priorities? Time? Financial security? Career progression? And be clear about what you want to be surrounded by. For some people that will mean being around people, for others it will be people and others still it will be travelling.
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be?
Debbie Dowden, works a sheep station alongside her husband in Western Australia. Debbie is a down to earth, hard working woman who understands the land and I respect those qualities.
‘Until 1994, no Australian women was allowed to list their legal status as a farmer’. Debbie had enough belief in herself and passion for the industry to ignite a change in the laws and to encourage others to do the same. Debbie is just one of the many women who quietly labour to overcome the inequity within the agriculture industry.