We can describe our culture but there is nothing like hearing what it's like to work at LBW than from the people themselves. Below are a collection of stories from some of our people.
Mitchell Harrison – Associate Advisor – Financial Planning
I started working at LBW back in July 2017 while I was still studying full time at Deakin University. I subsequently graduated with a double degree in Law and Commerce with a major in Financial Planning, while also gaining some practical experience at LBW.
I have always appreciated the flexibility that I was given while studying which allowed me to travel overseas with university to work as a strategic consultant in South Korea, while also providing me with time to study and complete my exams. Continuous improvement is a key philosophy at LBW which has always ensured that I have been supported when striving to learn and increase my knowledge base. This flexibility afforded to me by LBW alongside my desire to improve resulted in me being nominated for the 2018 Student of the Year by the Financial Planning Association.
I have continued to work with the Financial Planning Association in my spare time as a member of the Emerging Professionals Network, which aims to help inform students about what Financial Planning is and how it can benefit the community.
My passions include learning about investments and the market, listening to podcasts and audio books, and spending time gaming or watching movies with my partner and our lovable but mischievous cat.
Rachael Somers – Senior Accountant Superannuation/Tax and Business Divisions
I started working at LBW in October 2008. I completed my work experience placement for high school and was lucky enough to be offered an internship at the end of the placement. I worked part time in the Superannuation team whilst completing high school and studying at university. In February 2015 I finished my Bachelor of Commerce/Laws from Deakin University. It was at this time I started working full time and began working in both the superannuation and accounting teams. In November 2016 I completed my Practical legal training course with Leo Cussens and was subsequently admitted as an Australian Lawyer in May 2018.
I have now worked at LBW for over 10 years and it continues to be a great place to work - everyone is extremely friendly; everyone is willing to lend a hand and the firm prides itself superior client service. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa Wilde – Senior Accountant – Tax & Business Advisory
I started working with LBW in July 2016 after working for an accounting firm in Melbourne for 5 years. I graduated from Deakin University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Commerce and completed my CPA in 2017. I chose to work at LBW because of the support network and encouragement that it offers to employees to achieve their goals. LBW also have a diverse client base and opportunities to develop knowledge in specific industries.
My role at LBW changed in the 2019 financial year after I returned from maternity leave to work on a part time basis. LBW have been very flexible with my work hours and have allowed an easy transition back into the workforce. During my maternity leave, there was no pressure to return to work and they were able to accommodate my needs as much as possible (I returned one day per week which has increased over time to 3 days per week).
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the gym. Work-life balance is important to me and working at LBW has enabled me to maintain this balance
At LBW we pride ourselves on being a supportive and flexible workplace. We believe in supporting professional development, learning and personal needs of all our people. We recognise that everyone has different commitments outside of work, whether it's health and well being, caring responsibilities for family or community involvement. We understand the importance of being able to manage both home and work life and encourage a balance between the two. Our friendly and inclusive culture is designed to help you succeed and fulfill your aspirations.
Our client base is made up of individual tax payers, privately owned small and medium sized businesses and large corporate organisations. From a professional perspective our diverse range of clients, from a variety of sectors and industries, provide you with fantastic learning experiences and offer opportunities to develop your skills and build your technical expertise.
Your career is in your hands and it is through regular conversations, guidance and support that we help you identify what is right for you so you can thrive. There is not a one size fits all approach to careers - it is about understanding personal needs and ambitions and matching them with Firm and client needs.
LBW is built on strong relationships - we have a social club and regular events scheduled throughout the year including monthly luncheons, boot camps, tennis tournaments and even a visiting masseuse. Through our Health & Wellness committee we focus on the holistic well being of our people. We believe that a healthy mind, healthy body and strong social connections bring out the best everyone and so we heavily invest in this.
If you are serious about building your career and gaining real work experiences - a graduate role with LBW is a great place to start. As a growing firm in Geelong with divisions encompassing Accounting & Tax, Superannuation, Audit and Financial Planning you will have the opportunity to develop your skills and build experiences working on a variety of clients. We will provide you with a buddy, manager and mentor to help guide and support you during the foundation years.
We recruit at different times of the year depending on the divisional needs but generally recruitment is in February and March. Keep a look out on our website for opportunities as they arise.
What we are looking for in potential graduates:
- Team work and relationship building skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Learning mindset
- Long-term aspirations
- Solid academic results
- Work experience
- Extra curricula experiences: sport, music, arts, volunteering etc
- Leadership roles
With ever changing tax laws and new approaches to business services, we offer ongoing training and support for all our people. We also support both CA and CPA financially, with study groups, assistance by other team members and paid study leave days.