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In Focus | Kat Juarez, Accounting Assistant, Colliers International Philippines

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Meet our Accounting Assistant, Kat Juarez, as she talks about the endless career possibilities and opportunities for growth in pursuing a career in finance, and how Colliers' great culture motivates its employees to stay.
 
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in accounting and finance? 

At first, I was hesitant to take this path since I wanted a career in the field of healthcare. But with my parents’ guidance, they led me to pursue Accountancy and was exposed to the opportunities this field can provide me, whether I am in an organization or as a consultant. 

2. What is your experience like in Colliers? 

At Colliers, you can tell that the management and the culture is great just by looking at its people. Most of the employees here have stayed with the company for 5 years or more. And there's just something about Colliers that when they leave, they just keep coming back. (I am one of those people. 😊) 
 

3. What is rewarding in a career in Finance? 

It’s exciting, challenging, and fast-paced. There are endless career possibilities and there's always opportunities for growth. You have a better chance to go up in the corporate ladder and eventually all things will follow. You will have a good compensation package and everything else.  

4. One piece of advice for people during the pandemic regarding personal finance? 

“Regardless of the situation, always live below your means”.  

And the importance of savings, insurance, and investments. Savings, in case of unexpected unemployment, you can still provide the necessities for yourself and your family. Insurance, in case of unexpected hospitalization and medical assistance. And Investments, for back up source of income. 

5. Once restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, where is the first place you would travel to and why? 

If I had a chance to travel after this pandemic, I would love to visit Iceland and see the Northern Lights, I want to see more of nature’s uniqueness, the bright lights and glorious dancing skies.   

Playing favorites:

Favorite movie or TV show: Somewhere in Time, Eat Pray Love, Through Night and Day, Korean Movie: Hi Bye, Mama!  
Favorite leisure activity:  Bicycling, Hiking, travelling, and listening to music 
Favorite travel destination: The beach! Palawan (but haven’t been there yet), Boracay of the Pacific, Cebu and Bohol 
Coffee or tea: Coffee
Favorite comfort food: Blueberry Cheesecake, Potato Corner, Pesto, Pizza, Chicken 😊 

 


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Kat Juarez

Junior Accountant

Finance

Manila

Upon graduating from the Union College of Laguna, Kat Joined Colliers International as an Accounting Assistant in one of Real Estate Management Services (REMS) project in April 2014. She was then moved to Finance Department as Accounting Assistant in February 2015.

General Accounting with focus on Accounts Payable She is in-charged with check disbursements and provides clerical support to her team.

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