Graduate Career Stories - Audit Partner

Amy Goodman, BDO Christchurch

Every job is different and I'm still finding new and interesting work every year with more opportunities to learn.

Tell us a bit about your time at BDO

I joined BDO after completing my Bachelor’s Degree at UC. During this time, I have worked my way up from Graduate to Partner in my team. My role has changed a lot in this time which has helped develop my professional skills as well as personal confidence. I have made some great friends along the way too which is a bonus.

What’s it like doing a secondment with BDO?

I have been lucky enough to have two short term secondments to Australia during my time with BDO. I spent 6 weeks in the Sydney office shortly after becoming a Chartered Accountant and then another 3 months in Perth back in 2016. This allowed me to do some travelling while keeping some of the comforts of my role here. We use the same audit programme internationally which makes auditing largely seamless from one place to another. It was great to work with some larger scale, listed entities. I have also been seconded several times to work with Audit NZ on some of their large, Crown owned entities.

What interests you about the Audit service line?

Audit provides the opportunity to see so many different entities in different industries and sectors. One week you could be working with a large not for profit discussing the various grants that they have been given to spend in the community, and the next week, out with a large international manufacturing entity shipping into Singapore. Every job is different, and I’ve found that I am still finding new and interesting work every year with more opportunities to learn.

What do you think sets BDO apart from other Accounting firms?

BDO has the scale of any top firm internationally while still being able to give you the family feel. The culture here is one of inclusion and teamwork. This applies to both the job side of BDO and the social side. Everyone here is friendly and approachable which is a key factor of why I continue to want my career here.


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