We would like to introduce you to Natasja (Tash). She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University and working as a graduate auditor at HLB Mann Judd Brisbane. In between work and study, she stays active by spending time outdoors with friends or going out on her motorbike with her Dad. If all of that doesn’t keep her busy enough – Tash is also teaching herself to play the piano!

Tash learned about HLB Mann Judd from a friend at uni who was also working at the Brisbane firm. Tash researched the firm and when a position was advertised online, she applied
for the role.

What’s your ‘Team HLB’ story?

HLB Mann Judd is not the first accounting firm I have worked for. While at my previous firm, I discovered it was not the right fit for me and it made me question if accounting was the pathway I wanted to take.

However, after learning about HLB through a friend and then when I met with them, I got a really good feeling about the firm. I asked quite a few questions in my interview and it provided me with great insight into what it would be like to work for HLB.
I have always been very results oriented and therefore highly motivated by a sense of achievement. Additionally, I have a background in customer service. I have an appreciation for people who strive to provide excellent service, therefore, HLB’s attitude towards client relationships really resonated with me.

Since starting at HLB, I have not questioned my career choice. I can honestly say it practices what it preaches. The Brisbane firm provides a reasonable work-life balance, encourages social engagement and has a good mentor program. My managers and my team are approachable, understanding and patient. It was because of these traits, that I have felt so welcomed and appreciated since I started at the firm.

Follow Tash as she walks us through a day in the Brisbane office

8:30am
I usually get to the office between 8am and 8:30am. I meet a colleague for a cup of coffee before heading to my desk.

My first task of the day is to prepare for the day ahead. I make a list of things that need to be done and order them ranked in priority.

Mid-morning
By mid-morning we have usually done some of the routine things like complaining about the temperature (Brisbane is hot in summer!) or discussing who’s got what snacks in their draw.

I have also spent the morning working on client files. Part of this process requires me to either email clients, liaise with my senior, complete outstanding tasks, or pester my “buddy” for help with a query.

All of us grads have a “buddy” in the audit team who is available at any time to help us out with questions or guidance.

Lunchtime
Lunch breaks depend on workflow for the day.

Today I’ve brought in lunch (some of mum’s awesome cooking). I grab my lunchbox from the staff fridge, say hi to some of colleagues who are also having lunch in the kitchen.

I am lucky to have several friends who work in Brisbane city. Today I am meeting a friend down by the river to enjoy the view and mum’s cooking!

3:00pm

After lunch, I pick up where I left off from the morning’s client files. I start to finalise what I can for the day and prepare for the following business day.

I am always looking for ways to improve my performance and efficiencies. So I often compile a list of queries to discuss with my manager to go through at the end of the day.

Tash’s advice for graduates

Network! I know “networking” is always encouraged so I am sure I sound like a broken record. But it really is one of the most advantageous things you can do during your time at university, and thereafter. Networking is a great opportunity to meet industry professionals and have discussions about the diverse range of career opportunities there are. A good way to do this is getting involved in as many things as possible such as attend university events, sign up to university clubs and societies, volunteer work, and internships.