Dare to move, embark on a worldwide journey
Dare to move, embark on a worldwide journey
Mia van der Merwe – Senior Audit Manager – Secondment to Chicago
My experience in Chicago has been the stuff of legends it is the type of experience that you would wish every secondee would have. I got off the plane and was welcomed by a significantly smaller office than what i was accustomed to in Cape Town. It was very daunting and seemed like an enormous task to take on due to the fact that soon after i had arrived in the Chicago office, they had obtained 3 new clients during busy season that all had their deadlines within the same week. So naturally i jumped in the deep end and with the incredible support of the management team of the wonderful Chicago office and we managed to complete the jobs assigned to us as seniors…and here i thought i would only be support staff. The city itself is as legendary as Al Capone himself, incredible people, incredible sites and let’s not forget the most amazing culinary experience. How many South Africans can say they had unique and authentic deep dish pizza and got to eat the best burgers in America all in the same city? I travelled through most of the mid-west and got to see the heartland of America where the food portions are gigantic and the people are so friendly and welcoming. I thought I came here to work and gain different experiences and at the end of our time I left with life-long friends, unforgettable memories and experiences that i will treasure forever. Whoever said New York is the place to be is quite mistaken, I was fortunate enough to call the great city Chicago my home for a few months and even endured the pain of being Green Bay fans in Bears country. I will never forget my time here, thank you!
Ammaar Sukhadia – Audit Manager – Secondment to New York
Being seconded to work in New York, was an amazing opportunity afforded to me by Mazars, which till today feels quite surreal. The experience showed me just how flexible and valuable our degree is and enabled me to grow which I am very grateful for. With offices a stone’s throw away from the famous Times Square and living in the heart of the city of Manhattan it was a really special experience, which brought about new adventures every day. Alicia Keys did not lie when she said, “these lights will inspire you!
Nico Jansen – Audit Partner – Secondment to Singapore
I had the privilege of going to Singapore on a 3 month secondment. The exposure, life experience, living in a different country and interacting with different cultures were invaluable in enhancing my career and of course being able to go watch the Malaysian Grand Prix was a dream come true. Everyone’s secondment is a unique and different experience and very valuable in your own individual growth (both in your personal life as well as your work life).
It is something I would definitely recommend to anyone. The friends you make, the experiences you have, not just work experience, but life experience that you gain is something money cannot buy. Being able to work for the same international firm in a different country and witnessing how the same values are applied within Mazars across the world made me proud to call myself a Mazarian.
Rochelle Murugan – Audit Partner – Secondment to Australia
I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to spend 3 months in the land down under being the incredible city of Sydney, Australia. Secondment for me was truly a life changing experience, it allowed me to not only have the opportunity to gain exposure at another Mazars office but I had made friends from all around the globe, got to embrace different cultures and learn and grow holistically ( not forgetting I got to interact with Koalas and Kangaroos of course). The one thing I would recommend, is that if you are afforded the opportunity to go on secondment, do it, it is certainly a journey you will forever treasure. I am truly proud to be a part of Mazars, an organisation that values its employees, craves learning and growth, is able to make the auditing experience enjoyable and most importantly feels like a family.
Chantell Ajam – Audit Manager – Secondment to London
Birmingham is situated in the middle of the UK and is the largest city outside of London. I worked in jobs based all over the UK, including London and also in Scotland and Wales, so I got see a lot by travelling for work. During my time there I was exposed to very large corporates, housing associations as well as some defined benefit pension scheme audits. I also developed other skills such as negotiating with clients relating to deferred purchase considerations, due diligence work and tendering for new jobs, which I did not have any exposure to prior to the UK. The methods learned in South Africa during my training contract sufficiently equipped me for my role in the UK and there is even further integration with new global audit software to be released soon. My personal highlight was travelling to Paris, Dublin (Ireland) as well as Spain and Portugal whilst over there. I have also developed a bond with partners and staff in the Birmingham office and there will now be a regular flow of staff to this office.
Amandla Xhala – Tax Consultant – Secondment to New York
New York City was amazing, it is everything they said it is and much more! As Alicia Keys put it “Big Lights will inspire you”. It is truly the city that never sleeps and I pinched myself every so often to make sure I was not dreaming. The New York office atmosphere was that of a big family and interacting with your colleagues within the work context is high on their list. We would get treated to an office lunch often or during the Superbowl, pizzas and snacks were ordered for the office and a room set up that people could catch the score at least. Being in a foreign country with no family support system for 3months forced me to grow personally and career wise and it is an experience I would recommend to anyone.
Mazars is truly a GREAT PLACE TO WORK!