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.
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.
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.
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.