Australia

Pratty 

  • Service: Tax
  • Level: Senior Consultant
  • Joined: 2005
  • Location: Australia
Pratty's profile

Pratty studied a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales and started working with KPMG on a part-time basis in November 2005, while studying. Pratty started in a graduate role in August 2007. 

 

How would you describe the work you do to someone outside the firm?

I think the key word I would use to describe my work is varied. It’s a mix between compliance and advisory work with some high profile clients within the funds management and property industry.

 

What is your average week like?

It’s hard to describe as each week is very different! I would say that a typical week could involve working on major tax advice, reviewing distribution calculations during our busy period, business development work (which essentially looks at how we can best serve our clients with the changes in the market and tax environment) and reviewing tax returns.

 

Why do you think KPMG is a good place to be a graduate?

I had such a wonderful experience working at KPMG during university that when it came to choosing out of the ‘Big Four’ where I’d start as a graduate, I chose KPMG. Essentially, it was due to the people I had met who were not only friendly, but would really go out of their way to help you. One of KPMG's strengths is the way they deal with their people. Plus the fantastic social scene at KPMG also helps!

 

What are your goals for the future?

For the immediate future, my goal is to be the best I can be working in the funds management industry and continue to learn and develop my skills in tax.

 

For the distant future, my goal would be to laze around my own island while sipping an apple martini!

 

What sort of training have you done?

At university, I did a Commerce/Law degree with a major in Finance so I did not really have any accounting training prior to joining KPMG. What was so fantastic about KPMG was even though I did not have an accounting background, KPMG offered continuous training to help me develop my knowledge in accounting.

 

What has been the most interesting thing you have been involved in during your time at KPMG?

I was involved in helping write a major advice for a New Zealand entity regarding the residency of trusts. Of course, there is joining the social club and going to some fantastic events (including the black-tie ball at the end of the year).

 

What five words would sum up your first year at KPMG?

Social, Friendships, Interesting, Diversity, Challenging.

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