Much has changed in the ten years since Karina Cañete first set foot in the Sydney offices of Hill Rogers. These days she’s a highly accomplished Portfolio Manager and an integral part of our management team, but Karina actually started on a 3-month secondment from KSI Philippines in September 2006. After enjoying the experience and opportunities at Hill Rogers, she joined our Audit Division on a full-time basis – although the move from her father’s firm in the Philippines to start her new role in Australia remains the biggest career challenge she’s faced so far.

While it may not have been easy to establish herself in a new role in a new country, it’s fair to say Karina passed every test with flying colours. After spending two successful years as a Senior Accountant in the Audit Division, she transitioned into the Business Solutions Division to pursue her growing interest in assisting clients with business advisory and compliance. She remains a senior member of the Business Solutions team today.

“I like so many things about working at Hill Rogers,” Karina reflects on her decade with the firm. “One thing is that everyone knows everyone in the office. There’s always a really good camaraderie, a collaborative work approach and an attitude of constant open communication. I’ve always said it’s all about the people in the firm. This is the place where I’ve found lifelong friends.”

Looking at where she is today, Karina also sees her career as reaching a poetic milestone during her time with Hill Rogers. “The past has caught up with me in many ways,” she laughs. “I left the position at my Dad’s firm as an Audit Manager in 2006, moved to Hill Rogers as a Senior Accountant with modest expectations, to now being back in a managerial position. For someone from a very different background, being able to make a senior contribution to the firm is something I’m definitely proud of.”

As for the future? “I am not entirely sure. I’d just like to continue working with my clients, who are always appreciative of the work I do.”

On behalf of everyone at Hill Rogers, congratulations Karina.

You can get in contact with Karina, here.