Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy

University of Sydney
Graduate – Audit and Assurance
Jane studied Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts at University of Sydney

What's your job about?

Grant Thornton is a growth advisor to medium-sized businesses in Australia and overseas. In order to unlock client’s potential growth, Grant Thornton provides a number of varied service offerings.  Grant Thornton Australia Ltd offers Audit and Assurance services to clients and I work as part of this team.

As part of my role I work as a member of a multi-level, cross-functional team to provide high quality audit services for clients. There are various stages to an audit engagement throughout the financial year and every week I am assigned to a different client. Therefore, I spend a significant amount of time meeting and working alongside new people.

In my role at Grant Thornton I am able to engage with the clients to build relationships, be involved in audit team discussions, and rapidly build my technical experience.

What's your background?

I grew up and in a suburb of South West Sydney. During my secondary schooling, I played for my local Netball Association. Some of my team mates were older than me and had been accepted into the University of Sydney. I thought this University was out of my reach however, their achievements motivated me to work hard and get the marks needed for do a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts. During university I worked 3 days a week in the office of a government high school and also did a seven month university exchange to Seattle, Washington. Both experiences helped to instil a deep sense of appreciation for the opportunities I had. It also reinforced the value of hardwork and allowed me to develop my skills in engaging and building relationships with people from very different backgrounds.

As a result, I applied and was offered a Graduate position at Grant Thornton. I have been here for eeighteen months as part of the dynamic audit and assurance team.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

As a member of the audit and assurance service line, work is almost exclusively performed in teams. These teams vary from engagement to engagement. This is probably the “coolest thing” about my job. Each engagement brings its own technical challenges or time pressures, however the dynamic development I have experienced  with my team members keeps me coming back each day to perform to my best.

What are the limitations of your job?

During certain times of the year, you may have to work longer hours to meet deadlines. You may also be performing tedious tasks for long periods of time. However, these are offset by rewards such as paid days off, greater responsibilities in the next audit engagement (like travelling interstate/overseas) or opportunities to engage in other projects across the firm.  In addition, Grant Thornton financially supports the CA program I am completely along side work, I am able to apply for overseas secondment opportunities and have clear career progression. So while there are “limitations” in the immediate term, there are rewards in the longer term.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

Three pieces of advice that have always stuck with me but probably didn’t use during my time at university where as follows:

“Never see a need without doing something about it”
“The grass is not greener on the other side, it is green only where you water it”
“Usually the sentence that you think is the best in the paragraph is the worst”