Courtney MacKay

The month of August is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating all women. We pay special tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in August 1956.
In acknowledgement, we interviewed a few of our Mazarian trainees across the country. They spoke to us about their inspirations, how they got into the field and much more.
Meet Courtney MacKay, Trainee Accountant from our Kimberley office.

We are always interested in learning more about our trainees. Tell our readers more about yourself and the journey in your particular field. 

I’m Courtney Mackay, a second-year trainee in Audit and Assurance. I love travelling, spending time with my family and laughing…a lot! I started loving accounting at school and this made me pursue accounting as a career. It is not an easy road, but it is definitely worth it. I love the fact that no two days are the same. You are faced with a new challenge and the opportunity to learn something new on a daily and that’s the fun part.  

What attracted you to Mazars? What stood out about the firm? 

I heard about Mazars through a friend who was doing her articles there. I looked it up and was intrigued by the firm being International, Integrated and Independent. I knew that I was not just going to be a number in the office, I knew that I would get wide experience across the field and get the opportunity to be the best I can be by completing my articles at Mazars. 

From your perspective, what makes a great leader? 

A quote from John Quincy Adams explains what I think a good leader is:  

“A great leader is someone who inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.”  

List some of your favourite “she-roes” (a female hero) 

Maya Angelou is my favourite “she-ro”. Personally, she is the epitome of success and love.  

My most favourite quote of Maya Angelou that I go by is: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” 

This has brought me through tough times and challenges that I’ve faced, especially in the world of work.   

From your experience within your career thus far, do you have any messages for future female graduates heading into the same field? 

Be a sponge and absorb everything you are taught and that you can possibly learn.  

Ask lots of questions, especially if you don’t understand, you are there to learn so do just that, LEARN! 

What is the best career advice you have ever received? This could be from a colleague, relative or a lecturer.  

This might be a cliché, but “Do something you love, because then you will never work a day in your life”, is the best advice I have ever received. 

Share some of your favourite highlights since starting at Mazars. This could be work-related or even everyday interactions with your office colleagues.  

Friendships with office colleagues are very important because you spend 70% of your day with them and that’s too much time to be miserable. Share laughs and smiles now and then, it’s the small things that can carry you through a tough day and I am so grateful for the great group of colleagues I work with.    

Do you feel the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your view on the general work environment in any way? 

Yes, you do not have to be in an office space to be productive. Being under lockdown has taught me to be independent and to believe in myself. You are smarter than you think.  

How have you maintained focus and motivation in the face of changes brought by the pandemic? Highlight something important during your day-to-day that helps you cope with certain challenges. 

Treat each workday as if you were at the office. Get up at the same time you would’ve if you were going in to work and work just as hard. There are many distractions at home, but your attitude determines your altitude. Always do your best.  

 What do you think the future of audit, tax and advisory looks like in South Africa?  

Auditing has a stronghold in South African history. Audit findings can support businesses efforts to anticipate potential issues and eliminate surprises. South Africa is clearly overcome with a lot of fraud and the Auditing, Tax and Advisory industry can aid in decreasing that, to create a better and efficient economy.