How a gig at PwC changed my life

I am a Birri man from the Bowen region of North Queensland, and I grew up in Townsville. I am also the 30th Indigenous Australian to receive a professional accounting designation, after obtaining membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

None of this would have been possible without the intervention of two key senior people at PwC. Thanks to them, I landed a graduate position at one of the largest professional services firm in the world! This changed my life by giving me the opportunity to learn and grow.

When I think about my proudest achievements, I think of being the first person in my family to go to uni and move to Brisbane to take up my role at PwC Indigenous Consulting, a majority Indigenous owned and operated business in partnership with PwC. I took a leap of faith, away from my family and friends, but it has been great and I love what I do because I feel like I’m making a difference in Indigenous people’s lives.

 

“May 27 is the start of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) as it marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum where Australians voted to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.”
“June 3 marks the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.”1
 

To me, NRW is a time to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, along with PwC’s commitment to reducing the inequality that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

I think it is important we acknowledge the past, but it should not hold us back from working together to create a better future for Indigenous Australians. I feel privileged to have had so many opportunities through PwC - the firm has had a huge impact on my life and the lives of other Indigenous peoples.

Co-Author: Airlie Winter-Irving

 

You can view the original article here.

1  Source: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/

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