IT ALL ADDS UP FOR PHILLIPA

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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.

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