Introducing Nick Shirley - Graduate Accountant

Interactive Team Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I joined the Interactive Accounting team in February 2015 as a graduate accountant. In addition to my interest in accounting, I bring with me years of experience managing and working with different retail companies, big and small.

I completed my Bachelor of Accounting in mid-2014 and spent the second half of last year working as an accountant with a Canberra-based, mid-tier firm. The firm specialises in delivering high-quality, business services to the private sector and my focus was primarily on compliance.

In my early twenties, I spent two years living in London, during which time I worked with a small, expanding business and gained great exposure to the challenges that this brings. My time in London was also filled with a lot of travel and good times. Hemingway once said, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you.” For me, this sentiment holds true for my time in London.

After returning from London, I moved to Sydney and started working for American Apparel. This is an exciting, growing company with shops and offices all around the world. I started as Manager of the company’s first Sydney store and was then promoted to acting National Operations Manager. During this time I was responsible for opening two new stores as well as a long list of operational and managerial duties.

Since then, I’ve also worked with smaller local businesses, helping them expand in their respective markets. Now that I am starting out as a professional accountant, I believe that all of these experiences give me a valuable insight into what it takes to run successful businesses.

One of the things that attracted me to Interactive Accounting is the fact that it is a truly modern accounting practice. With a focus on utilising the latest technology combined with high-level customer service, I’m glad to have joined a team that is at the top of their game.

My first month with the firm has been an eye-opening one. I was fortunate to start within a couple of weeks of the company retreat. It was a good opportunity to meet and get to know our Melbourne team as well as take part in a number training and team building activities.

Over the next couple of months, I’m looking forward to developing strong working relationships with our clients and working within an environment that embraces change and is continually looking to improve.


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