Favourite destinationsSouth Africa, New Zealand, Ireland
Favourite movieDirty Dancing - such a classic!
Currently readingRight now I am reading "How Women Rise" by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. I find it to be refreshing, relatable and extremely useful.
Strongest personality traitTenacity.
Favourite activitiesI am a competitive dance instructor and I love teaching my students! I also love to travel with my husband and explore the world, especially the best wine regions.
Mickaela Maxwell is the Director in Private Company Services at PwC, where she is a trusted business advisor to small and medium-sized owner-managed businesses.
Why did you decide to go into your profession?
When I first started business school, I wasn't sure what my major was going to be but I can tell you I didn't think it was going to be accounting. I had heard that the accounting and finance courses were brutally hard. I took my first accounting course and it seemed to click, so I thought I should look into the profession - and the rest is history!
Tell us about your work.
The best and most rewarding part of my job is that I get to help entrepreneurs succeed and I get to contribute in my small way to the local business community.
How did you come to join your organization?
I was in public practice at another firm but looking for a new challenge. An exciting opportunity came up to join PwC and it has been such a great experience. Working with such a broad network of intelligent, experienced professionals has really pushed my career to the next level.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
The mentors and sponsors that I have met and worked with at PwC. Everyone is so giving of their time and knowledge and I am still learning new things each day, after seven years with the firm!
Name one skill you think every good professional should have.
Timely communication. Being an accountant isn't just a once-a-year job anymore. The world is moving at the fastest pace ever and entrepreneurs need to be constantly on the pulse to keep up, and their accountant needs to be right there with them every step of the way providing solid and sound advice.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Getting to help entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. I especially love working with women entrepreneurs - the world needs more women-owned businesses!
What's your best advice for a new professional in your field?
There is a wealth of knowledge around you - tap into it! Find yourself a good mentor that has time to spend with you, helping you navigate your career. Ask people if you can buy them a coffee and pick their brain for 15 minutes. Start building your network on Day 1 - it will be an invaluable resource to you your entire career.