Monika Murti joined our team last year as one of our Accountants. We sit down with Monika this month so that we can learn a few more things about her that may not have been revealed during the interview stage! Thanks, Monika for being so candid in this interview and for all your hard work; it’s great to have you in the team!

What three words would you use to describe the culture at McPhails?

Professional, Supportive, Motivated

Monika, you are a working mum who is also studying. What are your tips for juggling all the priorities that you have?

My tip would be to plan, plan and plan for the week. I would do my schedule for the week on Sundays. I wake up an hour earlier than the kids to prep lunches. The night before I organise school uniforms and make sure their homework is done and make dinner for the next night. When kids are in bed, I study.

The world is changing so quickly these days. What advice will you give to your children about career choices in the future?

I would let them choose what they wanted to do and support their choices. I would encourage them to work hard towards their goals and that it’s ok to change your career if you decide it’s not for you.

What does a typical day look like for you at work?

I start my day with a morning coffee, check my emails and get started on preparing accounts and returns for clients.

Who inspires you at McPhails and why?

Matthew Drew. His inspiring in-depth knowledge of Accounting principles and tax concepts at such a young age is truly inspiring. Also, he is a very hands-on and supportive leader and injects huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy to the team and the business.

What role do you think continuing education plays in the level of success a business can have?

It definitely gives business a competitive advantage and keeps them relevant.

If we were to come to your house for dinner tonight who would cook and what would we eat?

I would cook and I would cook Indian food, lamb and chicken curry with rice and roti.

Cat or dog person?

Dog person

If someone gave you $1,000 what would you do with it?

I want to say I would go on a family holiday to Fiji, but I would probably pay the bills with it.

If you could have a gigantic billboard erected anywhere to get a message out there, what would it say?

Live in the present.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received yourself?

Once you become comfortable in your own skin, you can accept others for who they are.

You’re faced with a mammoth task at work – how would you tackle it?

Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done and schedule the priorities first and then start working my way through the list.

What is one thing the team at McPhails don’t know about you yet?

I love going to craft and food markets.

Thanks, Monika, we’re definitely coming for dinner!