If you haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to our business accountant, Alex Golding, allow us to enlighten you. From what a typical day as a business accountant looks like to where you can find Alex outside of office hours, it’s time to get to know one of our beloved family members.
How did your journey at Orbit begin?
My journey at Orbit began ten or so years ago when I played soccer with Greg at Maroubra United Football Club – although I would not see the fruits of this for some years.
Over the years, Greg and I continued playing soccer together alongside other social activities and naturally became good friends. During this time, I was at the ATO and searching for a change. I asked Greg whether there were any opportunities available at Orbit, and much to my excitement, there was.
We sat down at breakfast to discuss the business accountant role, but unfortunately, I was not quite the right fit. Luckily for me, it was not long before Greg decided to take me on and give me a chance, and as they say, the rest is history! I was excited to move from a Government position to the private sector and all the differences in working conditions this would bring. Most of all, I was also looking forward to working for a friend who I knew would be a good boss.
What does a typical day at Orbit look like for you?
A typical workday these days certainly looks different to BC (Before COVID-19). Gone are the days of rushing out of the door after a quick shower and an even quicker breakfast (although I still go through a morning workday routine, just at a much slower rate).
In terms of workflow, every day is different. Though, it will typically include a combination of replying to client emails, working on tax jobs like preparing tax returns and financials for individuals and small businesses, helping clients with budgets and understanding their financials and ad-hoc work requests like JobKeeper applications, grant applications and of course – professional development.
For me, I miss working at the office everyday. I miss seeing everyone at Orbit and the social side of the office environment. Hopefully, we’ll be able to go back to the social aspect of work soon!
What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
Although it’s cliché, I really do enjoy helping clients. Whether it’s helping them meet their tax obligations and achieve the best possible result, or assisting them with a specific task like applying for the various Government grants available with COVID-19, it is a gratifying feeling knowing that you’ve helped someone.
What do you love most about being part of the Orbit family?
The social aspect of the Orbit family is a big drawcard for me. The social team organises fun and enjoyable parties for End of the Financial Year and Christmas. Memorable parties include the 2020 boat party and my very first EOFY party at the Palisade Hotel. We also regularly end the week up on the deck with a beer or a wine (which quite often spills over into the night).
How does being part of Orbit make it more possible for you?
Outside of the office, I spend a lot of time with my family – I have a 2-year-old called Tom – I also love going on adventures and seeing my friends and family. I’m a massive sports lover, so you will often find me watching or playing soccer, golf, tennis, or just ordinarily keeping fit.
Orbit makes doing all of this possible and easy – it is a flexible workplace, which I absolutely love. If I need to pick up my son from daycare or go for a run at lunch, there is never an issue. Greg and Kate have full faith in me completing my work, so if I need to do a bit extra to make up for those activities then they encourage me to go for it.