Interview:

Women at BDO: A discussion with Lara Erasmus

08 March 2022

Lara Erasmus, Manager, IFRS Advisory |

What is most rewarding about your role at BDO?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is developing my skills and learning each day. Not a day goes by where I don’t learn something new and develop myself as a person, whether it be in relation to a technical accounting matter or general soft skills and how to manage certain situations. Another aspect that is very rewarding about my role is my colleagues, a lot of them are now my friends too, which says a lot about the great culture at BDO.

What progress have you seen on gender equality throughout your career?

Throughout my career, there has been a large focus on gender equality, which I have seen progress throughout my years in professional services. I have seen the progression through firms educating employees on the subconscious bias of gender equality, promoting flexible working, ensuring all employees are treated fairly, regardless of gender.

Why do you believe gender equality is so important?

Gender equality is so important as it allows for a diversity of views. This increases growth and innovation, and creates a more stable workforce, ultimately resulting in happier employees.

How has BDO supported your career journey?

I started at BDO in Sydney just more than four and a half years ago in the audit team. Throughout my journey in audit, I was constantly supported by colleagues and given the guidance I needed to progress my career. There was never a moment I didn’t have someone to turn to for help or guidance when needed.

For the past two years, I had an urge to join our technical accounting service line. Just over six months ago, I reached out internally and BDO were very supportive with my move to the IFRS advisory and corporate reporting team and made it possible, further supporting my career journey.

How would you suggest workplaces break the bias against gender equality?

I believe a contributing factor in workplaces breaking the bias against gender equality is to make work-life balance a priority, which BDO has a large focus on.

Organisations can break the bias against gender equality within recruitment by assessing potential employee’s suitability based on the performance of certain tasks, not just through an interview discussion.