Title: Financial Specialist
Kim has been with DHS since April 2018.
How would you describe what you do at DHS?
I review DHS employee expense reports, among many other travel and expense-related and accounts payable duties. I spend my day primarily working in the statewide Accounting System (STAR). I get to work on a team and have interactions with individuals in every division of DHS, so there’s a lot of variety to my job on a daily basis.
What challenges have you faced that you have overcome?
There was a major upgrade to the STAR system in March, which presented me with a few challenges. Because my position is primarily carried out through STAR, any updates/upgrades to the software can seriously impact my daily work.
I was grateful to be involved in the testing groups leading up to the changeover and to be allowed to provide my own feedback. Being able to anticipate the changes and prepare for them allowed me to make the transition gracefully and, in turn, overcome the challenges presented throughout the upgrade.
How do you balance your life at work and life at home?
I love to spend time outside and on the lakes, so working right on the isthmus is one of my favorite perks of being at DHS.
Tell us about one or more of your favorite benefits?
I love that DHS offers a tuition reimbursement program. I think this shows that DHS values education and wants to develop staff as employees and as individuals. It’s a great opportunity that employees looking to advance themselves academically should take advantage of.
How has this role benefited your overall career goals?
I’ve received exceptional support from my superiors and colleagues who have always been very willing and inclined to share their knowledge with me. The experience I’ve gained at DHS over the past year is immeasurable.
What words of advice do you have for someone starting their career?
Be confident in your skills and abilities, no matter your background.
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