Owen Wang – Audit, Auckland, Secondment to Vancouver
I enjoyed my secondment at our network’s Vancouver office at the start of my fourth year as a Senior Auditor. It was an amazing learning opportunity, where I’ve gained exposure to clients in entirely unfamiliar industries, including a movie studio. I was pleased to find that my Excel skills and professional scepticism were highly transferrable, even in a landscape with different accounting and tax principles.
I was able to expand my network beyond New Zealand, availing me a new venue of expertise that I can bounce ideas off. Even after my secondment, I would still discuss matters of accounting standards and auditing methodology with their Director of Technical Standards.
Outside work, the secondment opportunity afforded me the chance to travel. I went to Whistler and experienced a world-class resort covered in more snow than I’ve ever seen. I learned about the indigenous cultures of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations and discovered a surprising number of similarities with our Maori culture. Partaking in their indigenous-inspired cuisine was a highlight of my trip.
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway always had strong local expertise in New Zealand, and as part of a large international network secondment opportunities and broader sharing of knowledge are also abundant. It’s the best of both worlds!
Rohit Anandh – Business Advisory Services, Auckland, Secondment to Melbourne
I got the opportunity to work at the Pitcher Partners’ office in Melbourne for 8 weeks and be a part of the Private Business & Family Advisory (“PBFA”) team.
My role as a secondee was similar to my current role as a Business Advisory Senior back in Auckland. Therefore, I was easily able to apply the skills I learnt from my graduate programme, at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Auckland, to the work I performed on secondment. In addition, I developed a good understanding of the Australian taxation system which helped me better understand some of the Australian clients I work on back in Auckland. I also was given the opportunity to travel out to client’s premises, sit in on client meetings and work closely on a diverse range of clients e.g. the hotel industry, fruit & vegetable wholesalers, insurance brokers, etc. while on secondment.
I got to meet various other secondees during my time there from the U.K., U.S.A, Canada, and Cyprus offices. I learned about their practices at their respective offices and developed an understanding of the other opportunities that the Baker Tilly network has to offer.
I enjoyed eating out at amazing restaurants, travelling around Melbourne during the weekends, checking out the awesome spots recommended by the locals and made life-long friends from this experience.
Bethany Merritt – Business Advisory Services, Wellington, Secondment to Melbourne
The best part of my secondment was the great people I met from around the world, from San Francisco to Cyprus.
There are a lot of things to do in Melbourne – going to an AFL game at the MCG was a highlight. I always made sure I made a weekly trip to the Queen Victoria Market to pick up fresh fruit & veg (passionfruit & mangoes being the essentials).
I obviously didn’t have a culture shock coming across from Wellington, and most of the work wasn’t too dissimilar to what I do here but I found it interesting to see how people from other countries adapted to the work. This gave me confidence knowing that if I were to travel I would be able to easily slot into a role overseas. With this experience I also made a wide range of contacts, which I know will be useful as I continue along my career.