Early experience key to a fulfilling career

Here's a CPA success story of what the CPA designation can do for you and your finance career

Max Fenlon CPA is well on his way to achieving his career goal of becoming a Chief Financial Officer at a Fortune 500 company.

The 25-year-old, who is currently working at Crown Resorts Limited, started his career at Big Four accounting firm, KPMG, shortly after finishing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting at the Australian Catholic University.

He says this first accounting job was a great introduction to the profession.

Accounting is more than just numbers

“It was a short term position but working at KPMG really helped me to get experience and led to my first full-time role as an Assistant Accountant at Kadac, which is an organic natural health company,” Max says.

Max worked at Kadac for just over a year, before he joined Crown Resorts Limited as a Financial Accountant. He says the opportunity to work in such a big and well-known organisation was too good to refuse.

“Crown is one of Australia’s largest entertainment and gaming groups. It has businesses and investments in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.”

“Our team covers a range of activities including, financial accounting, consolidation of the operating business results, treasury, completion of CEO and Board reports, reporting to the ASX and statutory accounts. So we have quite a big portfolio to cover.”

The CPA Program opens up a world of possibilities

Max, who has been at the company for over three and a half years, says being part of the hospitality sector has also broadened his career experience.

“In hospitality you get to work across all aspects of the business, including gaming, hotels, events, marketing and all areas that affect customers. It’s definitely very interesting.”

The CPA designation sets you apart

When reflecting on his career to date, Max believes his willingness to gain extra experience such as joining a Toastmasters group to help sharpen his public speaking skills, have given him a career advantage.

“Toastmasters is a good way to develop your skills, not just to be more comfortable speaking but also think about the way you speak, what you are saying and how you say it. It has helped me a lot.”

The CPA Program takes you to the next level

Max says completing the CPA Program and being awarded the designation has also given him valuable business knowledge. 

“People look for the CPA designation because they know they can trust you. In terms of the CPA Program, the subjects I studied were extremely helpful to my current role and have helped me build on the theories I learnt at university.”

Max Fenlon CPA’s tips to launch your finance and accounting career:

  • Get as much experience as you can, whether it’s an internship or cadetship while you’re at university, or volunteer roles when you’re in the workforce
  • Talk to a range of different people to help you figure out the right course of action to get a job and continually grow your career
  • Make sure you do something that you enjoy. You’ll be spending a lot of time at work so you’ll want to like it


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