RSM New Zealand

Will Cotton

Audit Senior - Auckland Central

The secondment programme is an opportunity to broaden horizons, experience new cultures and different ways of working, and develop a deeper understanding of our clients’ businesses.

Will came to the RSM Auckland Central office from RSM UK Manchester. With six years experience Will brought a wealth of knowledge of charity/NFP experience and also medium to large commercial audits with manufacturing and breweries a particular focus.

What was the best experience during your secondment?

If I didn’t say travelling around New Zealand I’d be lying. But also seeing how a completely separate firm operates. There were plenty of comparisons with the UK in the added challenges that only a merger and change in accounting framework bring.

I will be taking a wealth of experience and ideas that I would not have had otherwise back to Manchester which can only be a good thing.

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Josh Goble, Maris Webb and Will Cotton enjoy a well earned drink!

What was the worst experience during your secondment?

I honestly don’t think I’ve had bad experiences, only challenges! As Wayne Tukiri would say, "Wero" (Te Reo Maori: Challenge)

However Brexit made the first few months pretty expensive…

What did you achieve both professionally and personally from participating in the secondment?

I was baptised in the use of Caseware! How exciting. This makes me one of the most experienced in RSM Manchester in its use!

I also learned a great deal about how to work well in a different environment, and how to present myself differently when the situation demanded.

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Will and his partner Jen scale the peak of Rangitoto Island - a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand.

How did you find the NZ working week/expectations?

It wasn’t an easy ride that’s for sure. I have a feeling everyone at home thinks I’m off for a six month jolly…

Overall it was about what I expected, a few full weekends in the office but scattered amongst ample opportunity to explore when I was free.

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Will discovers "The Gap"  and the roaring Pacific Ocean - in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand.

How was this different from the UK working week / expectations?

Seems to be more seasonal here, but it is really sector dependant.

Would you recommend the International Secondent programme?

Definitely – both professionally and personal development is something I don’t think could be achieved as easily had I not done it.