Itâ€™s tax return season and Richard Raju is loving life at Sinnotts Accountants, where his days are busy helping clients with their compliance requirements.
â€œThatâ€™s what I love about my work the most â€“ meeting people face to face, getting to really know them and delivering the personal touch that our team prides itself on,â€ he said.
Life today is a long way from the world Richard knew when he emigrated from India just seven years ago.
Richardâ€™s family immigrated to the UK when he was 17, but he stayed in India to complete his accounting qualifications at university in Kerala where he met his wife-to-be Emy.
Fast forward to 2017 and Richard and Emy are married, Australian citizens and living in their home in Terang with three children â€“ Aiden, 3, Angeline, 2, and Ava, 6 months.
Heâ€™s playing cricket for Terang, is a regular at the townâ€™s gym and is training to be a volunteer with the SES.
â€œHere feels like our home now and thatâ€™s what we wanted for our family. My mumâ€™s sister was living in Terang, so thatâ€™s why I headed this way when I left India in 2010,â€ he said.
â€œI was a qualified accountant and picked up a job as a night manager in Warrnambool for a few years, while I was completing my CPA.
â€œThen in 2015, I responded to an ad in the paper for a graduate accountant here at Sinnotts Accountants.â€
The 33 year-old said he had spent a few years learning and developing in the â€˜back officeâ€™ and was thrilled to now have built up the confidence to work face-to-face with clients.
â€œOurs is a family-oriented business which is good and the people I work with have the same attitude to their work as I do and thatâ€™s all about building relationships and maintaining the personal touch that our clients value,â€ he said.
Company director Aaron Sinnott said Richard had become a fantastic asset to the firm.
â€œHeâ€™s a very positive person to have in the workplace. Heâ€™s great with people and we get fantastic feedback all the time from clients that Richard works with,â€ Aaron said.