What's your job about?
SW is an Australian owned advisory and accounting firm who deliver a range of professional services, with Assurance and Advisory, Business Advisory and Tax as the main three divisions.
What is unique to SW is its member alliance with SW International, which creates special opportunities to connect and work with clients from SW China, the largest indigenous Chinese domestic accounting practice. This gives SW an edge in accessing the Asia-Pacific market and in developing relationships with large influential players in many industries.
Specifically, in Assurance and Advisory, SW offers both risk management and IT advisory services, and external and internal audit. Our goal is to provide tailored local knowledge and advice to clients and ensure they reach and achieve their strategic objectives and to build their confidence to continue to thrive in the future.
What's your background?
I was born and raised in Melbourne where I chose Accounting as one of my VCE subjects in Year 12. From there, I continued down this Commerce path and studied Accounting and Finance at The University of Melbourne. I was lucky enough to be a part of the Summer Vacation Program in my penultimate year and was consequently offered a Graduate position as a Consultant when I graduated.
Currently, I have worked at SW for 8 months and it was been an extremely fulfilling experience. I am surrounded by hardworking like-minded people and they motivate me to continue to strive for excellence every day.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes. However, I would recommend having a strong Accounting background since auditing requires a high level understanding of accounting concepts, from both a technical and financial perspective. A keen analytical mind and strong communication skills are crucial for success in this division.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
Having an open-door policy is a really refreshing experience and means never being afraid to talk to those senior to you. I also enjoy getting meaningful work and being able to directly apply my training and skills on the job. Speaking to clients and obtaining constructive feedback on my work papers is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
What are the limitations of your job?
Audit is known for its long hours and extremely busy season during July-September. Luckily at my level, there is not much overtime however without good time management skills and the ability to work well under pressure, it may be quite stressful. Travelling to and from clients can be both a pro and a con, depending on your own personal preference
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...