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Andrea Crasta

2019/2020 Audit Intern in Auckland, University of Auckland

My summer internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway was truly rewarding because it challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. The transition from being a university student to working within the Audit team was a steep learning curve, but the entire team were always willing to help and answer any questions I had. They took the time to ensure I understood each task and the reason behind why it was carried out.

When choosing a firm, I was looking for one which provided an environment to assist its employees to build their skills and encourage success overall. After starting at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, I soon realised that it matched my expectations and these criteria.

As an intern, I got the opportunity to work with multiple teams on different engagements and went on a client visit by the second week. The in-depth training provided made me feel more comfortable and confident while interacting with clients.

The company culture at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is very inclusive and focused on caring for its employees. This is demonstrated by the importance placed on ensuring the balance between work and life is met. This is achieved through the wide range of activities offered by the Social Club (Christmas Party), sports teams and office lunches on Fridays to get to know your team.

I have genuinely enjoyed my internship experience and learned a lot working alongside an excellent team. I am excited to see what my future with Baker Tilly Staples Rodway will bring.

Angela Zhong

2020/21 Business Advisory Services Intern, Auckland, University of Auckland

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.

Boston-Kenzo Azuma

2020/21 Business Advisory Services Intern in Auckland, Auckland University

My internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has given me an excellent insight into the world of accounting and professional services. As a university student who has never previously worked an office job, the prospect of starting a full time ‘real world’ job had me excited and slightly nervous.

My nervousness was quickly dispelled after I met the team I would be working with. Everyone was kind, welcoming and understanding. I liked that each of us interns were assigned a buddy who would be our first port of call if we had any questions. My buddy did an amazing job of teaching me everything I needed to know, making my introduction to work at Baker Tilly an enjoyable experience.

I found that the collaborative culture at Baker Tilly was a highlight of my internship. I found that I could ask anyone a question whether it be a new grad or a director, and everyone was always willing to help each other. There were also numerous events for everyone to get involved in. In the first few weeks of our internship, us interns joined multiple lunches, sports games and activities like Secret Santa.

As for the work itself, it was also enjoyable and interesting. I personally did work for a multitude of clients ranging from individuals to large complex organisations. I was frequently involved in preparing tax returns, financial statements and several other tasks.

To sum up my short time here, I can confidently say that it was a valuable and enjoyable experience that I cannot recommend enough for students wanting to take the first step towards a career in accounting.

Kate Anderson

2020/21 Business Advisory Services Intern in Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington

During my internship application process, I was drawn to Baker Tilly Staples Rodway’s engaging people, warm culture and close-knit team environment. I chose the Business Advisory Services Team to experience working for clients, solving ‘real-world’ problems and to put my university skills to the test.

My time so far at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been invaluable. From day one we were buddied up with Senior team members, who showed us the ins-and-outs of life in the professional world. My buddy makes time to help whenever I need, and no question goes unanswered. The intern support network is outstanding.

At Baker Tilly Staples Rodway there is a great work / life balance. I was able to transition from university life to full-time work very quickly. I have had the opportunity to attend many extra trainings, social events and play for the Touch Rugby team.

Libby Ramsay

2020 Intern & Graduate, Taranaki

I began my journey at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in June 2018, starting as a part-time intern, helping out in administration and reception; then progressed to the billing department. This gave me an all-round feel for the organisation. And in my opinion, it was the best way to ease into the full time working environment of an accounting firm which can be quite daunting for a fresh-faced student.

The firm supported me through my studies which included an industry project where I got the opportunity to home in on a set of procedures & recommend improvements for the firm. This involved working with people who challenged my way of thinking and getting a deeper insight into business decision making. This was a big commitment for the firm as I used their time & resources, but they were more than happy to support me.

I chose to apply at Baker Tilly not only because they are one of the leading firms in the industry but because they are community minded and are committed to helping out different organisations; from supporting the Life Education Trust to donating equipment & furniture to not-for-profit organisations. One thing I’ve loved about Baker Tilly is not only gaining key experiences in the field I wish to pursue, but also being able to be involved in community events with my colleagues. Recently I’ve participated in like the Food Bank Annual Appeal run, Round the Mountain relay & our local indoor netball team.

A varied team is also key for me; where I get the opportunity to discuss business from different perspectives – mixing marketing, HR, business advisory, information systems and accounting to see how these can work together to improve a business all round. As I majored in applied management accounting the full picture that this working environment provides fits perfectly for me. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities Baker Tilly has provided for me and how much they’ve allowed me to grow over the years I’ve been with them.

Starting in the business advisory team at the start of this year has been a bit of a learning curve and challenging at times but I couldn’t have a better team to support me. I look forward to my future with Baker Tilly and couldn’t recommend it more as an amazing place to work, grow and prosper - surrounded by supportive, passionate and business savvy people!

Victor Chua

2020/21 Tax Intern in Auckland, University of Auckland

My summer internship experience at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been a great learning experience. There is a culture shock coming into this professional setting, but the team have made the transition as smooth as possible. Everyone is open to questions no matter how big or small and provide valuable advice on how to work better. Being able to work at one of the most reputable accounting firms in New Zealand has given me valuable work experience that has helped me grow as a learner.

The tax team are all very inclusive and took every step possible to ensure I understood what I was doing and understand the value behind the work. Working in the tax team has given me valuable real-world experience. You work with real clients right from the get-go and pick up key skills along the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from and work alongside highly trained and experienced professionals at the top of their field. The buddy system is great as you always have someone to guide you down the right track. The tax team works as one big family. You get the chance to work with everybody in the team and they all are very supportive. Seeing how much care they provide to each of their clients truly makes me proud to be a part of this team.

I chose Baker Tilly Staples Rodway for my internship as they really value learning and support their staff to reach their true potential. The emphasis on a healthy work environment and helping you grow as an individual made the choice easy when deciding where to work.

The culture here at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is amazing. They have a very welcoming environment and really care about you as an individual. The team go out of their way to make you feel part of the team and always make you want to come back the next day. There are a lot of opportunities to get to know everyone through our team morning teas, training lunches, social club events, and our after-work sports teams.

I am truly fortunate for my experience here at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and grateful for being given the chance to do my internship at such a great environment.

Will Warnock

2020/21 Audit Intern in Auckland, University of Waikato

I chose to intern at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in the summer of 2020/2021 because I wanted a new challenge in an unfamiliar city and working at Baker Tilly’s Auckland Firm did not disappoint.

After induction and training in my first couple of days, I was immediately sent out to a client-site to work on an audit with the rest of the team. While intimidating at first, as I had little practical knowledge of the procedures and what an audit actually entails, I quickly learned and adapted thanks to the welcoming team. From this point on, working on varying and diverse clients for the rest of my internship provided me with critical insight into what professional service work actually involves.

What I especially enjoyed about being in audit was frequently being out of the office. Working in different places breaks the work up into new projects which are exciting to start when you arrive at the client. Each week you can be working on a new client, with various objectives and with a different team!

Everyone in the office was so kind and accommodating to me as an intern as many themselves were once interns or graduates, so didn’t mind taking a bit longer to thoroughly explain things to me. Better yet, the office culture promotes celebrating hard work through company social events and team meals, which I never pass up on.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and strongly recommend the firm’s internship opportunities to students looking to build on their university knowledge.