KPMG Directors Advise Residents

Wednesday 6 April, 2011

Commerce graduates should seek opportunities to develop themselves, rather than just looking for a job, according to two KPMG directors.

Will O’Neill and Carl Gunther, both from Australia’s largest professional service network, were guests at a Commerce Faculty Dinner on Thursday March 31.

Mr. O’Neill said that graduates should see the first 10 to 15 years of their professional work as an apprenticeship.

“I have not made career moves based on money. I make my moves based on opportunities for development.”

Mr. O’Neill told students from the Australian School of Business, UNSW, that they will need to be prepared to put in long days at the beginning of their professional life, while they establish themselves.

He also said that recent graduates need to make up for their lack of experience with their focus and enthusiasm.

“In the long run enthusiasm makes up for raw talent.”

Carl Gunther told residents to stretch themselves by asking questions and taking opportunities such as working overseas.

He added that making mistakes was a part of starting in a firm but making the same mistake repeatedly would not stand young professionals in good stead.

“Learning from your mistakes doesn’t happen automatically, you have to reflect on them.”

Over 20 Warrane residents are enrolled in degrees in the Australian School of Business.

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