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Michael Nelson

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Corporate Finance Graduate

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We sat down with Michael Nelson, a Corporate Finance graduate from BDO’s Auckland CBD of ce to have a chat about what it’s like working at BDO.

Michael gives us a great insight into the life of a Corporate Finance graduate and the awesome team culture that exists at BDO. #jobenvy! 

 

WHAT DOES WORKING IN A CORPORATE FINANCE ROLE ACTUALLY INVOLVE?

One of the reasons I love working in the Corporate Finance team is the variety of work I’m exposed to on a day-to-day basis. No two days are the same which keeps me on my toes and means I’m always learning and developing new skills. Corporate Finance involves a number of things including providing advice on the buying and selling of businesses, due diligence reviews, business valuations and mergers and acquisitions. This means that I do a lot of company research, report writing, databook compilations and data analysis. 

 

WHAT IS THE CULTURE LIKE AT BDO? 

The best part about working for BDO is de nitely the people and culture. Since starting with the rm, I’ve been amazed at how friendly and supportive everyone is and how quickly I’ve been made to feel a part of the team. From day one I’ve been given meaningful work which is really exciting and challenging. On top of this, there is also a very active social element to BDO. Since starting in October, I’ve taken part in numerous social events like bowling, corporate fun runs, BDO’s community day, themed end-of-month drinks, Christmas parties and even a boat party. We also have drinks after work every Friday which is a great chance to mix and mingle with everyone from the various departments throughout the rm. At the most basic level the culture at BDO is simply a re ection of the people and the values of the rm. BDO is full of great people who work hard to build strong relationships and deliver excellence while backing each other and getting the job done. 

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL “BACKED BY BDO”?

It’s all about the support I receive from my team and the company as a whole. Managers and Partners feel more like coaches than bosses. They help me develop my skills by offering advice, guidance and feedback to make me a better ‘player’ for the team. Positive feedback on aspects where I excel is combined with equally positive input regarding areas I can improve on. My superiors constantly push me and give me challenging work, and no matter how busy they are, they take time to explain things to me to aid in my progression. Knowing I’m worth their time – that makes me feel backed by BDO. 

 

WHAT IS ONE KEY TIP YOU WOULD GIVE TO STUDENTS LOOKING AT A CAREER IN ACCOUNTING?

Be organised. Make sure you know when graduate applications open and close and try to get your application in as early as possible. Being organised will also ensure you have the time to perfect your cover letter, practice your psychometric testing, and prepare for an interview, all of which will help you in the application process.

The other main thing I would recommend is actually going to the university recruitment events. Going to these events is the perfect opportunity to meet the people involved in the recruiting process and stand out from the crowd by showing that you’re a great fit for the company and the specific team you want to join.

Think you’d enjoy working for BDO? They have graduate intakes every year! Check out their website and social media feeds for more info. 

 

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