Srilankan disable star Dushanthi Kumari on the Massira show
1. What do you do for a living?
I am employed at All Ceylon Buddhist Congress (ACBC) as an Accountant and Mean time I undergo training on auditing at Rathnayaka TA & Company.
2. How would you describe your work?
Being Accountant and experienced in auditing, I help to manage finance of the organization that I work for.
3. What does your work entail?
Preparation of various reports for Executive Committee/ Senior managers.
Fixed Asset accounting, reconciliations and depreciation journals.
Assist in the preparation of Bank Accounting and reconciliations.
Preparation and input of month end journal vouchers.
Preparation of payroll and EPF/ ETF statements.
Preparation of Accounts Payable & Receivable processes and procedures.
Preparation of all round Bookkeeping and Final Accounts in our Organization.
Supervising junior financial staff.
4. What’s a typical workweek like?
Monday, Wednesday and Friday I work at the Audit firm as a Traineeand Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in My job as an Accountant.
5. How did you get started?
After doing my G.C.E. Advance level Examination, I started following a course atAssociation of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT), while working at a Private Company. Engaging with my job I followed a course in Graphic designing and Technically Advance sewing course, thinking those would be value additions for my life, which I can always use to uplift the things that I do. After completing AAT Exams, I also start the institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) exams. Therefore now apart from my job I go for Audit Training to qualify as a charted Accountant, which is a big dream in my life.
6. What do you like about your work?
Even though I’m differentlyable, I proud about myself for being multi-disciplinary personality. I study, I work, and I live a life with a purpose. Most importantly I’m in the stream that I always loved to be. I live up to my passion.
7. What do you dislike?
Being late, dishonesty is the things that I do not like to see. I expect people to be disciplined. Respect time, values and ethics of other. Not only that, equal treatment is another thing I always expect from everyone.
8. How do you make money or how are you compensated?
I get a decent salary from my employment and I make money from my hobby, graphic designing and creating personalized greeting card and sewing.
9. What skills are needed to do this?
Intelligent Creativity, Dedication, hard work, determination and passion is all above.
10. What is most challenging about your work?
Study while doing a job and also getting a training by been a differently ableperson who trying to be effective Multi-disciplinary personality.
11. What is most rewarding?
I have being a model at an international fashion show “MASSIRA” as a differentlyable persona. This was held on 30th September 2018. I should pay my heartiest gratitude for MASSIRA: the organization who tries a lot to uplift the lives of differentlyable people like me. The creativity they have put up to take this worthy course is amazing. I should thank again and again for Mr. Rex Christy Fernando; the president of the “MASSIRA” fashion-show and the Sri Lankan organizer Mr. Rizwan Fa. Not only that, Ms. JeevaniSugunadasa, the president of All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress (ACWBC), and the office bearers assisted me by giving permission to attend with the other girls who are residing at Pubudu Home. Also I should thank to Ms. SurangiAmarapala and Ms. GayaniBatz who constantly supported us to take part in this spectacular event which helped us to present our selves on top of a grand ramp. It was a pleasure be dressed by Mr. ChamiHabarakada. I think my fearlessness; opportunity exploiting quality got awarded on that day.
12. What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
Being a differentlyable person my advice is never to give-up studying and engage in creativity work also be employed if possible. I like to erase the dogma, whichis effecting the confidence of the disable person by giving an example of my life. I think disable people should be differently able people who can add values to the community.
13. How much time off do you get?
Normally I free on Sunday and I work from 8.00 am to 5.00pmon other days. I do my private work and getting involved in my education for few hours before going to bed around 11.00 pm.
14. What else would you like people to know about your career?
I have been differentlyable from my birth. However with my career and with the great help of many well wishes I have come to this position. Therefore I wish many People would follow me. Make your disability no barrier for your carrier.
15. What is a common misconception people have about your work?
Differentlyable people have so many obstacles and barriers than a normal person.However,their courage is much greater than others, their focus is much stronger than others. Therefore lots of Differentlyabled people have gone to the top in their profession due to their effort and persistence. Society things disable people should be confined to do simple tasks and meagre jobs however we are more courage and determine set of people.
I appreciate the valuable assistance given by all the people in my family, in school, in institution, in work place, in my residing place, Massira team and by my friends.