We were lucky enough to have a chat with Quintin Meyer, an auditor from BDO’s Auckland CBD office to chat about working in an auditing role and his time at BDO so far.
WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN ACCOUNTING?
I first became interested in accounting when I realised what a vital role it plays in the world. Accountants are interpreters of financial data and play an integral part in organisations. I also realised that the accounting field has a lot of room for improvement as technology develops, I’m excited to see where the accounting world is heading.
WHAT DOES WORKING IN AN AUDIT ROLE ACTUALLY INVOLVE?
As an auditor, it’s my job to provide reasonable assurance that a client’s financial statements present a true and fair view of the organisation. I work closely with the client to gather evidence and perform various tests according to their audit plan. We work together to test their assumptions and judgments.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE BDO?
BDO’s clients are small and medium sized businesses, the ones that make up the most part of the NZ economy. I wanted to be able to gain an in-depth understanding of these entities in order to understand how they grow into large organisations and drive the economy further. I have always wanted to own my own business one day and the experience I’m gaining now will be invaluable for my future endeavors.
WHAT IS THE CULTURE LIKE AT BDO?
The work culture at BDO is open, supportive and very team- based. There are often challenging and unique areas that you come across in auditing and it is comforting to know that I can take any problems I face to my seniors. I think the work culture at BDO also looks at your long term career and not just the short term.
There is also a great social culture at BDO. Whether it’s after work drinks on a Friday night or social events throughout the year, there’s always lots happening. This year I completed Round the Bays with BDO and next year I plan on doing the Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
I enjoy the inquisitive aspect of my role most. I really have to understand a business and its transactions in order to complete an audit. This gives me a great understanding of the business and its people.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS LOOKING AT A CAREER IN ACCOUNTING?
I recommend that students start looking into the different service lines that are available in a firm such as Audit, Tax and Advisory to see what fits best for them. Speak to others in the field and see how they are finding it to get a range of perspectives - you don’t want to wait until a week before applications open to start thinking about what you want to do. Start planning for the medium term, where do you see yourself when you finish and what is going to give you the best chance of getting there, i.e. practical experience, community work etc. I would also recommend that students make the most of the events held at universities to gain as much info as they can and to meet people in the industry.
Interested in working for BDO? We have a graduate intake every year, check out our website for all the details.