Esther Shi - Establishing my dream career at BDO

30 March 2020

Esther Shi, Graduate Auditor, Audit |

I studied a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Accounting at Macquarie University. During my final semester, I began looking for Graduate positions, so naturally, I started researching Graduate job websites and attending recruitment events which is how I learnt about BDO.

I met Paul, who is one of the Recruiters at BDO, at one of my university’s job fairs and he told me about BDO and how it provides global opportunities like the big four, whilst still having a small firm feeling. Everyone knows each other within the firm; I think that is what really drew me to BDO.

Starting a career at BDO Sydney

I joined BDO Sydney’s Audit team in July 2019 with 12 other Graduates. I applied for a role in Audit because I was really interested in the way it was described to me. That it is for people who like to think critically, who are problem solvers, but also have attention to detail.

You also have to like travelling because this is a large component of our roles. We go to different companies, work with clients and do their audits on-site. Since I started working at BDO, I have had the opportunity to travel both locally and interstate. I am always meeting new people! I love to travel and see new things, and if I am able to do it with my job as well then why not?

Getting the support a Graduate needs

Another great benefit of working for BDO is that you can start your CA studies in your first year. After about six months, (once you pass probation and get through your first busy season) then you can start your CA studies and the firm covers the costs.

Compared to other firms, BDO is one of the companies that really provides a lot of support, especially to Graduates. Our office provides us with a Personal Development Relationship Manager, who helps with professional growth. I found them to be a great support during Audit busy season; especially as this is my first professional role and I was quite overwhelmed when I first started.

During Audit busy season, I missed a couple of OzTag games because I was quite busy at work, and my Manager was the first person to remind me that I shouldn’t be missing these games because BDO as a firm encourages us to do things outside of work as well. It is important that we all have a good work-life balance and I love that this is part of the culture at BDO

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