What is your current role?
I'm an accountant at Vend in Auckland, New Zealand. I'm one of the accountants who looks at the forecasting for Vend's future growth. What I do is I take the highly evolved three year strategy and break that down into its components and confer with each of the department heads about how their department's going to fit into the overall picture.
How did you get to where you are today?
I studied Accounting and Management at the University of Auckland and then I went into a job in HR, but realised that accounting really is a fantastic base for business. So I went to Grant Thornton, one of the international accounting firms where I was for three years and now I have moved to Vend.
How has being a CA changed your life?
For me, having the Chartered Accountant designation means that if you are having a conversation with someone they know and understand the training that you have been through and know that your argument will be well reasoned and really strong.Some friends of mine actually just started their own marketing agency and it was really cool that I was one of the first people that they came to. We sat down, made a business plan, made a forecast and I have been there with them tracking the progress the whole way.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
One of my career highlights would be being elected to the Board of The Discovery Foundation, which is a charity in New Zealand that runs camps for kids between the ages of 14 and 18. It has been awesome being involved in the strategic decision making for a charity and knowing that you are helping people less fortunate, and as an accountant it's almost an obligation because we have the skill set to do something that benefits the wider society.
Any advice for those considering following the CA path?
Someone starting out in a Chartered Accountants program I'd say just do it, it's absolutely awesome and it's hard work but it's worth it in the end. The skill set that it gives you is such a fantastic grounding for any area of business you want to go into.
*Antonio has since moved on in his career, and he is currently looking for more opportunities in Europe.