IT ALL ADDS UP FOR PHILLIPA
PHILLIPA WOODEN Accountant, Ernst and Young STRONG growth in the accountancy field predicted in the next decade is only part of the reason Phillipa Wooden, 24, is pursuing a career as a chartered accountant. Wooden (right) studied a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney, and is completing the chartered accountants program. She says accounting builds a strong foundation for business and management skills. ‘‘Apart from everything else, I realised the employment opportunities that could come from studying accountancy,’’ she says. ‘‘These job opportunities are endless. You can work in areas like financial accounting, management accounting, audit and tax.’’ She says ability does play a part but being able to collaborate and constantly update skills attracts employers. ‘‘One important quality is the willingness to learn in order to keep skills up to date, while the ability to build client relationships through effective communication is also key,’’ she says.
‘‘The ability to work well in a team environment is important and problem solving skills are also essential.