How did you find out about the opportunities at Colenbrander?
I found out about Colenbrander from a friend who suggested that I come here to do my work experience back in 2012. I enjoyed my time here and in my Matric year I came back, and that’s when I was offered a contract to work here.
How have you found your time here?
It’s been really good. People often say that it’s all about sitting behind a desk and checking numbers, however we spend lots of time speaking to owners and employees of companies, to understand each business. I enjoy this social aspect.
Doing your articles also means that there are lots of us at the same stage of our lives, so there is always someone to help you and they have become some of my best friends.
How have you found working and studying at the same time?
It takes time management skills, you have to dedication time to studying. I often feel exhausted by the end of the day, so it can be difficult to study, but working helps with understanding some of the more difficult aspects of our degree.
It also helps that a lot of us are studying, so it’s motivational in a way. We’re all going through the same thing and we relate to each other and help each other when necessary.
What stage are you at in your studies?
I’m in the 3rd year of my degree.
What are your ultimate career goals?
My ultimate goal is to earn my CA (SA) qualification, so that’s still a couple of years away.
I can only think that far for now, I haven’t made up my mind about which field or industry I will go into afterwards. One milestone at a time!
How is your time at Colenbrander helping you achieve these goals?
We get to see a variety of different companies in different industries.
It’s not just about sitting and checking numbers. We get experience in a number of related areas and if we need specific help then training is organised to assist us.
I love how the experience has broadened my horizons. I don’t know everything yet, but I do know a little about most industries and that’s exciting for me. When I qualify, I will be able to make an informed decision about which industry I want to go into.
Would you recommend the programme to others?
Yes, I would, but whoever takes it on needs to be prepared for hard work. It takes dedication and good time management skills to get through. If you can do this, there’s nothing in world you cannot do.