Jamie Park is a bit of an anomaly. As the newest member of IST’s finance team, it hasn’t always been about numbers for this Accounting Assistant.
“I taught English in Korea for about four years,” Jamie says. “Then I moved to Canada in 2014, and I wanted a challenge, something different, and I found that I liked numbers.” She says it’s a bit of a balancing act between the right and left brain, as she doesn’t enjoy science or writing, but loves the English language in general, and using numbers.
Since starting with IST in October, her main responsibilities have included assisting the team with managing the monthly financial management process, and performing PeopleSoft financial report reconciliations. “I really enjoy my work,” Jamie says. “The exciting part about reconciliation is that there’s a set number you need to see in the end, so you have to play with the numbers and formulas to get that result, and it feels good when you reach what you’ve been looking for.” It’s a feeling of great accomplishment for Jamie.
Obtaining that accuracy is critical, and according to Jamie, the most important part of her job. Analyzing, reporting, maintaining financial data, it all hinges on IT Financial Management, an accounting system which Jamie uses daily to complete her tasks. “If the number is off, obviously something is not working,” Jamie says, adding that these numbers need to stand true, as they help Team Leads, Directors and Executives to make better business decisions.
Before joining IST, Jamie worked for two years as a Staff Accountant at MasTec Canada, an energy and industrial construction company. There, she assisted the Corporate Controller with all aspects of the accounting cycle, as well as asset management, analyzing key projects, and her favourite, reconciliation. After getting her feet wet in the private sector, Jamie started to gain an interest in what it would be like to work for a public institution. So far, she says it’s lived up to her expectations.
Up next? Jamie says she wants to start working towards achieving her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. “I like to see myself growing in each phase of my life. It might be challenging in the moment, but you will be surprised in the end with how much you’ve learned.”