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Sydney Secondment 2017

10 days after my finals, I was flown out to Sydney to join Hall Chadwick firm (HC) who we have great ties with via the AGN network. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful as I settled into my new role. I had to quickly scrub up my speech skills as they requested an introduction of myself to the whole firm in the monthly announcements meeting. The previous secondees from Shipleys had set the bar high by singing the British national anthem, a lot was to be expected. I just about survived the spotlight!

The work has been exciting but challenging due to the different type of clientele here at HC. In the first 4 weeks I joined a team working on a public listed company audits. The first client was in the financial services industry and the second client was an investment company focussing on the agricultural industry. The quantity of work was much larger then I had ever tackled, but by applying all techniques used in practice at Shipleys and my knowledge from college, I managed to keep up the pace. The strict filing line for listed companies crept up quickly but as a team we managed to get everything done in time. The celebration drinks down in the Rocks for that Friday was definitely well deserved.

I am thrilled with my work planner coming as I am outward bound to Brisbane then onto Melbourne for my next jobs, still at heart a tourist when off the clock. These will be large limited companies, working on site with smaller teams. One of my favourite parts of auditing is meeting a client onsite and appreciating all the passion and effort they drill into their own business year on year. It shall also be a great opportunity to bond with my new colleagues on a more personal level as we wine and dine in the cities each night.

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Hebe Travis

My name is Hebe Travis and I am in the final year of my training working as an audit senior at Shipleys LLP.