Renee Taylor


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Renee Taylor

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Law.

Why did you want to become a CA Student Rep?

I have always taken advantage of the opportunities that CA ANZ has to offer students, such as the Achiever Program and the Employment Evening. I felt becoming a CA Student Rep would allow me to help other students get involved and learn about what CA ANZ has to offer them. It was also an opportunity to build connections with industry professionals and improve my public speaking and communication skills.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

The two things I feel most passionate about are accountability for big business and equality for women in the workplace. In a career as a CA, I have the ability to influence both of these things. I want to make a difference to the accountability of big business by working with standard setters, such as the IASB and the AASB, to create standards that force companies to report in a way that reflects their business. In the future, this could extend to a company's environmental and social impact. In relation to equality in the workplace, I want to make a difference by bringing awareness, which helps businesses bring about cultural change.

If you had any advice for your fellow students about tackling university or preparing for the 'real' world, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to go out and get what you want, even if it is outside your comfort zone. A lot of the things you need to do to be successful, both at uni and in the real world, are scary and daunting. But if you don't bite the bullet and do it, you won't get the most out of your experience and will be left with 'what ifs'. The last thing you want is to be left thinking that you could have done more.

What was your fondest memory from university so far?

My fondest memory from university so far would be taking part in the Southern Uni Games in 2015. I played in the University of Adelaide basketball team and it was great to experience the camaraderie that comes with representing your uni. It also gave me the opportunity to meet people outside of my course and who I would never have spent time with had it not been for uni games. It was like becoming part of the uni basketball family and is an experience I would do again in a heart beat.

Tell me how you first got involved in with accounting/business, what inspired you?

I chose accounting both because of and in spite of my father, who is a practicing Chartered Accountant. When I was in high school, I was adamant that I would not follow in his footsteps, as he does the 'boring' accounting - filling out tax returns, lodging BAS's - and that was the only impression I had of accounting. However, I soon discovered that I had a knack for numbers and that there was so much more to the profession. I also learned as I grew up that those things were not the only things my dad does, he also does small business consulting and helps individuals manage their wealth. I decided that, although I didn't want to follow in his footsteps by being a sole proprietor, I could get around being an accountant, so I applied at the University of Adelaide and was lucky enough to get my first preference.