I first heard about BDO when I attended a CA ANZ Employment Evening. I was not really interested in looking for a new job at that time, as I already had a stable position at a local accounting firm, working with great colleagues and very supportive employer. However then I met Kim O'Brien - a Graduate in BDO Perth’s Audit team. He shared his experience and talked passionately about the culture at BDO and the emphasis on employee’s growth and development which appealed to me. It got me curious, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself and apply.
I am now experiencing first-hand the benefits of being a BDO employee and BDO has instantly become my second home.
There have been many highlights in my career at BDO so far, and my favourites include:
I chose to work in Business Services as I have always been passionate about accounting and taxation. Since high school I have directed my career pathway towards these disciplines. Also, Business Services is a bigger version of the work experience I did while I was at university which I really enjoyed. Hence, it was not a difficult decision for me to choose Business Services.
My day-to-day work involves preparing income tax returns, financial statements, and business activity statements for different types of entities including Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. However, the process is more than just the debits and credits and punching through income and expenses the clients have derived and incurred throughout the year. It challenges you to think ahead, identify and resolve various tax issues with your manager or director that the clients have encountered or may encounter. There is never a dull moment, just opportunities to learn something new every day.
If someone were to ask what motivates me at work, I would say the people around me. They go the extra mile to help me with work and non-work related matters. I can’t thank them enough for sharing their knowledge with me and for the support, guidance, and feedback I receive from them.
Overall, my graduate experience at BDO has been a very positive one. It was a bit daunting at the start, but I am so glad I made the decision to apply at BDO.