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Sam Vanderpyl


Consultant - Tax and Private


Study Related Questions: 

What did you study?

I studied a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance at Canterbury University.

Why did you choose this course?

Business and finance is something that has always interested me and led to clear career opportunities.  After completing first year commerce I found the accounting and finance subjects the most interesting so that is what I majored in.

What did you enjoy about your course?

The wide range of topics you can study under a Commerce degree makes it really interesting course to take.  I think the thing I enjoyed the most was getting a wide range of knowledge on a range of subjects and seeing how they all link together.  With my study it even meant I had the opportunity to travel overseas and learn about business in a different and practical way.

What helped you to successfully complete your course?

Making good friendships was a big part of me completing my study at university.  Working together with others can really help push you to do the best that you can, but it also gives you valuable skills in communication and teamwork that you can use in the future.

What advice do you have for future students?

University can offer a wide range of experiences, so make the most of it!  Find something that you enjoy doing, and your time studying will fly by.  But as I mentioned before I think that the most important thing to do is make strong friendships so you can help and push each other along the way. But in saying that, there is also no substitute for hard work, and sometimes you just have to do it in order to do well.


Occupation Related Questions:

What is your job?

I am a consultant at Deloitte in the Tax and Private team.

What do you do on an average day?

We prepare financial statements and tax returns for individuals, partnerships, trusts and companies.

What is the most exciting about your job?

Getting to come into work every day and work alongside some great colleagues and being able to help clients out with a range of issues that they may have.

What opportunities does your job offer?

There is a big focus on your own personal development, and Deloitte offer heaps of opportunities to develop your skills.  Also with Deloitte being all over the world the opportunities around the world are massive.

What skills, training, education or past experiences helped you secure your job?

Having a part time job in retail through University really helped my ability to communicate and interact with a wide range of people.  I have found these skills to be extremely important in my job as you are interacting with work colleagues and clients on a daily basis.

Where do you see yourself heading in the future within this industry?

Deloitte are providing me a great learning experience and are helping me study towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.  In the future I hope to use the skills and opportunities I have received in whatever field I specialise in.

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to work in the professional services industry?

Get involved in everything that you can.  Employers are looking for well-rounded people that can work hard, but have some fun too.  So make the most of any opportunities that come your way even if it puts you outside your comfort zone.