Hayley Flett

Graduate Auditor, KPMG - Auckland, New Zealand

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Master of Professional Accounting

After completing a psychology degree, it took a stint of working in admin at a car dealership for Hayley Flett to realise she had a knack for numbers. Her newfound interest led her to consider postgraduate courses that would lead to accounting career opportunities.

Hayley stumbled across Waikato's Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct) and found it was exactly what she wanted.

“The course sold me quite easily because it was only 14 months of study, and I didn’t want to spend another 3 to 4 years doing another bachelor’s degree. It was exactly what I was looking for. Being able to say that I’m the first in my family to have a masters is also pretty awesome.”

Hayley describes the programme as broad and well-rounded. “The best thing about the course is that it's really tailored for people wanting to become certified professional accountants, so it allowed me to apply for provisional membership with either Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand or CPA Australia or ACCA.

"The papers helped me understand what I was going into career-wise, especially the foundations and theory of auditing. Another really useful paper for me taught us to how to navigate around Xero and enhance our Excel skills, which we use a lot in the auditing world."

"Going from no knowledge of accounting and jumping from first-year to third-year accounting papers in one year was hard, but it was an accomplishment and it was 100% worth it."

Hayley is now working as a graduate auditor at KPMG Auckland.

“Applying to the graduate programme was a pretty intense process, but it’s been a really great start to my accounting career. I travel to clients all around Auckland, with each audit taking anywhere from one to five weeks, depending on the size and complexity."

"I really like the client interaction, we meet a lot of different people, experience a wide range of business environments, and I have been lucky enough to have a substantially not-for-profit audit portfolio this year, which is where my passion lies. We’re always in teams as well and you’re never on your own; you always have good support around you.”

Hayley’s next step is to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, as she gears up to take the CA exams in the near future.

“I’ve already started completing some of the modules and I feel that my degree has really helped prepare me for it. Once I get my CA certification, it’ll lead to opportunities both in New Zealand and overseas, and a lot more doors will open for me.”

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