Many, many years later, I was notified that the manager of the Benalla office, Kevin Donnelly, had requested my services. I had , some seven years earlier, been working at Benalla so had had some experience working with Kevin. Obviously he had been pleased with my workmanship.
Happily I returned to Benalla as I had many friends and acquaintances in the area. I also had the Hernan family, who, when I was just a youth, had provided me with the home that I had never before experienced.
I contentedly worked with VPC in Benalla for another five years, although I felt that I was not achieving my full potential. In an attempt to better myself I transferred to the Producers and Citizens Insurance co. which was a disastrous move. I was not cut out to be an insurance representative. In desperation I contacted Jim Smith, a Chartered Accountant in practice in Benalla, to ascertain if he had any client looking for an employee. He knew that I had worked at the VPC and so sought a referral from Kevin Donnelly.
On my follow up call to Jim, “out of the blue” he asked me to work for him. This offer changed my whole life and was consequential to the fulfilment of a neurologist’s advice to me to study accounting and to work for myself.
This all took me another six years but resulted in me becoming a partner in the Chartered Accounting practice of Smith O’Shannessy and pursuing a successful business career.
My “out of the blue” experiences have served me well.
Ray O’Shannessy. OAM.,FCA., CPA.