The Lumina Learning team is continuously growing! Simeon has recently joined the global team at our office in the UK.
Simeon Venter – Lumina Learning Global Finance
What’s your career background and what is your original connection to Lumina?
I worked hard to get to where I am today. I first started as an assistant accountant and worked my way up doing my accountancy papers. Before Lumina, I worked at a company called Westcoast doing management accounting. As the company is one of the biggest distributors for IT, I was often working on large scale projects. For instance, I worked with big brands such as Apple and would handle accounts on my own.
During my previous role, I wanted to focus more on studying to improve my skills, but the demands of my job left me with little breathing room to do so. I wanted a role with more flexibility and support in developing my skills. When the job role opened up at Lumina, my interest was piqued, and after speaking to my long-time friend Ollie, I learned more about Lumina and what they do. After learning more about the role and the company culture, Lumina Learning checked all the boxes for what I was looking for to develop myself and be supported at the same time.
What is your top Spark Aspect and how have you found this beneficial to your role?
My top Spark Aspect is Outcome Focused. I feel that this is considered a hygiene factor when it comes to accounting. This is because when it comes to accounts, it’s a process that requires an objective approach.
Being highly Outcome Focused supports me in my role as I usually follow a step-by-step process of what I need to. I work the extra hours if required when it comes to reaching objectives as most accounting work directly impacts the organisation. I also use the same approach to my studies and work this around my work schedule.
What is your favourite thing so far about working at Lumina Learning?
I love the team here at Lumina Learning. They are all so easy to talk to and have made the best effort to make me feel part of the family. It’s comforting that I can approach Stewart to share my ideas; in my previous corporate jobs, access to the CEO was not something that came with such ease.
Do you have any Paradoxes? How do you see these working in your role – If you don’t have any, what Paradoxes do you think might be useful for you to develop?
My biggest Paradox is Outcome Focused and People Focused. My role mainly focuses on the numbers and processes, so this requires me to be highly Outcome Focused. Likewise, being highly People Focused helps me have the Practitioners’ best interest at heart.
I understand that sometimes I need to be more accommodating, unlike previous corporate companies I have worked for, who have only cared about the bottom line, not the people. I spot trends for Practitioners purchasing points and suggest the best option/subscriptions for them to get the most value out of our products.
What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?
I obtained my private pilot’s license in South Africa. At the time, I was the fastest in the club to achieve this. It took me three months, 40 hours of flight, including 5 hours cross country and some solo flying. I completed eight written tests alongside this, treating the course as if I were full time in school. I did this whilst staying in South Africa with my grandparents, and I managed to commit my time and get the best result.