My summer Internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been such a fulfilling and exciting experience, especially after this tumultuous year. While studying Accounting and Japanese at the University of Auckland, I always thought I would have to choose one or the other to focus my career on. When searching for summer opportunities in the accounting industry, I came across Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and in particular, Team Japan and the Business Advisory Services (BAS) team. I applied for the BAS role as I wanted to experience what it was like to work with clients and understanding how different each client work, and what the bridge between New Zealand and Japanese business is like.
I started my role as a BAS intern at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in November 2020 and right from the start I have felt the warm and welcoming culture from within the team. As this was my first professional role in the accounting industry, I wasn’t sure what it would be like to working in full time in a firm. However, I have had a lot of support from not only my buddy and manager, but I also felt free to ask anyone for help when needed. I have found that with the help and support of the team, I have been able to learn a lot about industry practice and how to apply the skills I learned in University to work for clients. So far I have been given the opportunity to do a range of in-depth work that has given me a better perspective of New Zealand and Japanese business. There is also a big emphasis on work-life balance which is really great to have within the firm as it feels less pressured and gives me more focus on learning and understanding my work.
The best part of the internship so far has definitely been the people and culture within the firm. Everyone has been open and friendly and really have made me feel as though I am part of the team from the start. There are also a range of events and activities where we can socialize such as summer touch and soccer, social club events, and annual events like the Christmas Party. I really enjoyed going to these events and playing soccer as it has given me the chance to know the rest of the team better.
Overall, I am very grateful for the experience I have had at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is looking to gain more knowledge and experience in a supportive and open work environment.