Zach Taylor

'I’ve found that the tax courses at UC are really relevant to my work...'

  • Zach Taylor

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance

Associate, Private Business, PwC

Zach landed a dream job with PwC after graduating, preparing financial statements and tax returns for a range of clients.

‘I think the best part of my job is the team that I work with. Everyone is really friendly and easy to get along with and the whole office has a really friendly atmosphere. We have a team competition we do on a Friday, and the social club is really strong.

‘On the actual job side of things I would have to say the thing I like most is the range of clients we do work for; so far the clients I’ve worked on include cafés, retail clients, farms, charitable trusts and family trusts.’

Choosing to study Accounting was an easy choice after enjoying the subject at high school, but Finance was a newly discovered passion after taking introductory Commerce courses.

‘As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed numbers and money so Accounting seemed like a natural fit for me. The finance side of things I decided to take basically on a whim after really enjoying the three weeks of finance that was built into the introductory Accounting course at UC. The compulsory courses are great because it lets you have a taste of everything – you might find something you like that you never knew existed.’

Zach made the decision to enrol at UC after enjoying Open Day and with the support of extended family living in Christchurch.

‘The atmosphere around campus was always really cool. There was always something going on and always somewhere to meet up with friends and study as a group, or just chill out. There a good range of courses and all of the lecturers are really helpful and approachable.’

Zach describes staying in the Rochester and Rutherford Hall for one year as one of his fondest memories of UC.

‘It was a great place to make new friends and just be able to ease into uni without having the pressure and responsibilities involved with flatting – it was a good stepping stone between coming from home and flatting.

‘You should seriously consider going in a hall during your first year – they’re a great way to ease into uni life and meet heaps of new people.’

One of his biggest highlights however was the opportunity to participate in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge in 2013.

‘We had to analyse a company’s stock price to see whether we thought it was fairly valued. While this involved a lot of work on top of an already full course load and many late nights, it was an invaluable experience in that we got to see what analysts do day-to-day, and also got to present to a panel of industry experts.’

Zach feels that his experiences at UC made him well prepared for his current role, with plans to become a Chartered Accountant in the near future.

‘Some of the courses tie in very closely to what I do day-to-day. In particular I’ve found that the tax courses at UC are really relevant to my work and are kept very up-to-date incorporating the latest changes in a constantly changing area.’

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