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From cooking to collections

Meet Alex Sethi, Harmoney collections officer and former chef

, 30 May 2019

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“I think the thing the two jobs have in common, is being able to deal with people,” says Alex Sethi, a professional chef turned Harmoney collections officer.

So how do you go from being cooking to collections? “Hospitality is hard work - and you work when everyone else is socialising. I think by the time you get to 40 you need to be doing something else - unless you’re a successful celebrity chef!

“I’m only 26 but I could see that I needed to try something else; get some experience in a different area. His flatmate Sahil, who was already working for Harmoney, suggested Alex give collections a try.

“I really like it. I wasn’t sure about being in a more corporate world after being a chef, but Harmoney is great; way more relaxed than being in the kitchen!

“Some days everyone you have to call is in a good mood, even though your calling from collections, and other days you can get a lot of people who are upset. But you get to talk to a lot of different people in a lot of different situations.

“I think that’s where having been a chef has helped me in this job. I know when I have to be firm or tough with people, and I know when to be super polite and listen.”

Though he doesn’t cook a lot these days, (“After years of being a chef and eating whatever was around, I’m now trying to keep to a much more strict diet!”)  Alex is dusting off his apron to cook for the Bright Foundation’s Bottomless Brunch, being held in Glen Eden, Auckland on June 9, raising funds to provide school supplies for underprivileged children.

“I remember being at school and not always being able to have the things other kids had. It’s really good to be able to help”.


About Harmoney

Founded in New Zealand in 2014, Harmoney is a leading digital platform lender in Australasia and the largest in the New Zealand market.  


Harmoney has:

  • Facilitated $1.7 billion in loan volume via over 80,000 loans;

  • Has been awarded the Canstar 5-award Outstanding Value (A1 – A5) two years in a row;

  • Created highly skilled and highly paid roles in Auckland, Sydney, and Suva;

  • Was a finalist 2017 and 2020 NZ Hi-Tech Awards;

  • Winner of the Best Personal Loan (Risk-Based) category at the 2019 Finder Awards in Australia;

  • Winner of the ‘Best Use of SEM/SEO’ category in the 2019 IAB New Zealand Digital Advertising Awards.

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