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Real Business : Winter 2008
18 REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 2, 2008 MENTOR AS ANYTHING SECOND-YEAR UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA STUDENT (AND CPA PASSPORT STUDENT) maJa anderson TALKS TO HEALTH & LIFE’S FOUNDER david dahm FCPA ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER GRADUATION the path ahead Maja: I’m currently a second-year uni student studying a commerce degree with a major in accounting and a minor in finance. I want to become an accountant. I became interested in accounting thanks to a mentor I had at a previous employer – I thought she was so cool. She was calling all of the shots in the business; she was involved in all of the strategic decisions and it seemed like a rewarding and challenging position to be in. I liked the idea of being able to get involved in a business and actually have a say – move the pieces on the chess board, so to speak. DaviD: I was 12 years old when I got my first job at Magic Mountain in Adelaide. I was getting paid $2 an hour. I’d been working for a while, a lot of hours, and I was handed my first pay packet; it was fantastic, or so I thought. My parents lived in a nice house and I thought I could buy anything with all my money. I asked my Dad how much it would cost to buy our house and he pulled out the council rates and my wages weren’t even one- tenth of that. I was heartbroken. From there I started thinking about money and what I could get with it. The attraction grew because I became quite curious about rich people – how they got there. And the only way you could find out was to become an accountant: you’d see their tax returns and their financial statements. And the more I met these people, the more I learnt about how they did it. A lot of people see accounting as just a one-dimensional practice, whereas it’s actually multidimensional. It deals with human life, it deals with people’s hopes and dreams, their trials and tribulations. Maja: There seems to be a real stereotype out there that accountants are nothing but boring number crunchers. But, there’s so much interesting stuff in accounting. I mean FLY ON THE WALL isaac bober
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