From Big 4 to Boutique – How I Found my Home at Nexis

April 21, 2023

Over the past 12 years I’ve worked for boutique firms, mid-tier firms, and even one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Over that time, I’ve loved connecting with the people I’ve worked with and the clients I’ve worked on and been part of some great work cultures.

My accounting career started in regional Victoria, where I studied at La Trobe University. I was lucky enough to get a position in a local accounting firm whilst I undertook the last year of my degree. After finishing university, I moved to Adelaide and took a role in a boutique sized firm.

From there, I fell down the rabbit hole of tax. I had just completed the tax module in the Chartered Accountants program and was amazed and enthralled in the world of tax.

My interest in tax soon led to new positions, where I found myself entering one of the Big 4 accounting firms.

With the change to the Big 4, I moved away from interacting with clients and started working behind the scenes more. I found myself handling large tax accounts and training internal staff.

Of course, we all know what happened in 2020 and the effects that had on most industries. But, from the changes in my role and finding myself working from home, I soon found I was lacking the strong connections I once had with clients and staff. Whilst working for larger firms offered plenty of career opportunities, it didn’t provide as many chances to build relationships or have the best work-life balance possible.

It didn’t take long for me to find a new home at Nexis Accountants and Business Advisors as a Manager in the Business Services Division. I still remember finishing on my first Friday, and the team was gathering around the pool table for drinks. This is when I first discovered the team’s competitive nature. What my colleagues hadn’t counted on was my sharpshooting – I’d won my first game of pool against one of our Directors, Dom. To this day, a tally is kept of who’s got the most wins!

Since moving to Nexis, I’ve loved the work-life balance on offer. Work is a priority for everyone here, but it doesn’t take away from people enjoying their time off. The team culture is important, we all talk to and support each other to deliver great work for our clients. One of the most significant differences is that the Directors are always on hand to chat or for a business update. This isn’t something that always happens in larger firms.

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