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I grew up in Bangalore, which is part of South India and I came to Australia when I was 16. I studied a Bachelor of Business and Commerce at Western Sydney University, and then joined Deloitte as a Graduate in Assurance & Advisory 5 years ago!
Western Sydney is really special to me because it’s given me my education, my career and so many friendships. It’s pretty much where I’ve taken my first steps as an adult.
I think there’s a bit of stereotype about ‘working out West’. Thankfully the perception is changing. Fun, friendly, engaging, collaborative and flexible is what comes to mind when thinking about working in the Western Sydney office.
For me personally, what makes the office special is the people! We’re like a big family here. The people are really friendly and approachable, and you are encouraged to be yourself. Everyone has an open door policy and you are given the opportunity to interact with everyone on a professional and a personal level. These relationships don’t have to be confined to the business unit you work for either, because there are brilliant minds and fantastic individuals throughout the organisation.
I actually consider my team, my second family and some of my longest and strongest friendships are with the people I have met at Deloitte!
Yeah, I’ve been part of the office-wide social committee for the past five years, which has been a lot of fun. I’m really passionate about getting everyone involved and so it’s been really rewarding to make this office one that people are proud to be a part of – where everyone feels included and where we definitely work hard, but we play hard too. I genuinely love being able to use my skill set to be more proactive around the office and appreciate that I have been given the opportunity to do so.
We do quite a bit! We run end of month activities and have a calendar of events we organise annually. We’ll do the usual things like drinks, lunches and barbeques but we’re always trying to think of new and fun things too. For instance, we’ve done a Western Sydney Amazing Race, numerous Trivia Nights and last month we did Lawn Balls. We’ve also run footy and other sporting tournaments. I have also been involved with planning and coordinating larger scale events like the office-wide Christmas party.
We do these events on a firm wide basis as well as on an individual business unit level and I get to help with both. At the end of the day, these events are meant to bring everyone together to unwind and enjoy themselves and where people can feel appreciated for a job well done.
Parramatta’s definitely changing. It goes without saying it’s very multicultural, diverse and it’s evolving. I think it still needs to do more to cater to young people so that there are more venues for us to play in, but at the same time it’s pretty amazing to see how many restaurants and franchises that have popped up in the last few years.
Oh and – I might be biased – but I definitely think it serves up some of the best Indian food in Sydney (apart from my parents cooking that is)!
Leah Pais is a CA qualified Senior Analyst in our Audit team. Leah grew up in South India and moved to Western Sydney. Leah studied a Bachelor of Business and Commerce at Western Sydney University, and then joined Deloitte as a Graduate in over 5 years ago!