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A day in the life of a Bermudian.

Fantastic Video made me remember how I loved living in Bermuda!

Moving to Bermuda to Live and Work
Career & Finance: Work Overseas

Why were you inspired to do this?

Friends of mine became Chartered Accountants and went to work in Bermuda for big US$ tax free. This left me envious and I became very interested in Bermuda. My parents pointed out that my great great grandmother was from Bermuda and they had a picture of her family home on their wall. That was the tipping point I was sold this is where I wanted to go live and work.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

I needed to become a Chartered Accountant. In 1996 I entered the fast track program with the CA Institute in BC. For a year I took summer courses and correspondence courses to complete the pre-req’s to join the CA program.

I needed to be hired by a CA firm to join CA program. I was turned down by the big 5 firms for not having enough experience. At the time I worked for a resume company who redesigned my resume and the next interview I went on I was offered the job on the spot with BDO. When they saw my resume they just needed to meet me. That resume made all the difference.

Getting a job in Bermuda. During a summer course I met two Bermudians (Jonathan and Roddy) who worked for PwC. We kept in touch and after I wrote the Uniform Final Exam they introduced me to PwC HR who offered me a position pass or fail. Thankfully, I passed and was on way to Bermuda exactly 3 years after starting the process.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

When I looked out the window as the plane approached Bermuda I have never felt so much satisfaction and excitement. I remember thinking here we go, have CA will travel. I felt like a financial mercenary for hire, bring on the scooters, sun and sand. What an awesome feeling. I spent almost 6 years in Bermuda with PwC and loved it. The work was great and challenging in spite of those who felt it would be a parking lot for my career. The money was great and our lifestyles were awesome. It was university with a gold card!!

Additional notes and tips:

Check out the book “Tea With Tracy” by Tracy Carswell. A survival guide to moving to Bermuda to live.



4/27/2016 3:17:00 PM

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4/27/2016 3:16:50 PM

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1/13/2014 4:50:01 AM

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing :-D

6/16/2013 12:30:42 AM

Very inspirational! And nice shorts too :D

7/5/2011 2:16:46 PM

I love this story!!!   AND THE SHORTS!!  Truly an inspiration to those who feel a little stuck in the small town they live in now. 

1/9/2011 7:39:16 AM

Congratulations, we have linked your story on the My Life List 90 (#18) to inspire others. Thank you so much for sharing this great story.

1/8/2011 11:57:45 AM

Great story Bill.My family and I are thinking of moving to South Carolina for quality of life and weather. Your story is inspriational.

2/8/2010 7:59:18 AM

Amazing story Bill - nice shorts too.

7/20/2009 1:39:17 PM

Hi Bill. Great red shorts! I'm glad I found your story. It takes dedication to stay focused on a goal for three years. It sounds like it was absolutely worth it.

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