For those of you that know us at 3rd Arm you will know how passionate we are about giving back, seeing businesses in this amazing country flourish and succeed and in showing the true value of a Bookkeeper.
A couple of years back when we started really thinking about how we could give back to the community and bring younger people into our industry we developed our Grad programme. Maraea is our current grad so during lock-down we thought we’d get her to tell you her experience:
“Having almost finished University, like many other students in their penultimate year I was on the hunt for a job. Ideally, I needed a job that would not only progress my accounting skills but also help build my practical experience for when I would finally graduate and begin my path towards Chartered Accountancy.
Although there were many jobs to apply for, unfortunately many businesses were just not suitable. The problem was; I was still studying. Flexibility was immensely important to me. I needed a business that would be flexible enough to work around my university classes, tutorials and exams. Thankfully, 3rd Arm was one of the only businesses who were willing to work with me to achieve this.
As nerve wracking as the initial few months were, they were essential to help build my understanding of how businesses operate. I’ve been working at 3rd Arm now for one and a half years, during which time I’ve been able to focus not only on bookkeeping but also payroll and general office administration. As a result, I’ve been able to learn new systems such as Xero, IMS, and MYOB as well as support clients in different areas such as credit control and reception.
I have found 3rd Arm to be ideal for a new graduate as it has shown me how to work in a team and build relationships with my clients and team members. The team at 3rd Arm is particularly significant as they are always willing to help and mentor.
Overall, due to my position at 3rd Arm I’ve been able to build a stronger understanding of both business and accounting. The foundation that I had formed through University has been strengthened and my confidence in my abilities has been positively impacted. Factors, which I know will serve me well in my goal to become a Chartered Accountant.”
If being a Grad at 3rd Arm Admin is something that sounds appealing keep an eye on our Facebook page. Once life is back to our new normal it will be time for us to look for our next Grad which may well be you.