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McGrathNicol Graduate Programs & Internships

At McGrathNicol you will work on some of Australia’s most complex commercial challenges.

 

We work with corporates, banks, law firms, private companies and government agencies across a range of industries to deliver practical solutions and improve business outcomes.

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Closing in 15 days

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closing in 15 days

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

Past McGrathNicol Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at McGrathNicol, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when McGrathNicol hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


Months

May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20Sep 20Oct 20Nov 20Dec 20Jan 21Feb 21Mar 21Apr 210369120 job2 jobs0 job0 job2 jobs3 jobs3 jobs3 jobs2 jobs4 jobs11 jobs8 jobs
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Job types

  • Internships (68%),

  • Graduate Jobs (33%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (57%),

  • Banking and Finance (25%),

  • Business and Commerce (55%),

  • Computer Science (43%),

  • Consulting (25%),

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Locations

  • Perth (60%),

  • Melbourne (60%),

  • Sydney (57%),

  • Brisbane (57%),

  • Canberra (10%),

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Work rights

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (98%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (98%),

Past McGrathNicol Graduate Programs & Internships

Check out some of McGrathNicol's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Sydney

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Perth

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Brisbane

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Melbourne

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Brisbane

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Perth

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 14 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 16 days ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 16 days ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 18 days ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 18 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Canberra

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 22 days ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Perth

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 22 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Perth

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 22 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Brisbane

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 25 days ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Melbourne

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed a month ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Sydney

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed a month ago

As a Vacationer, you will gain real world commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed a month ago

We are pleased to announce we will be attending the GradConnection Virtual Career Fair on 5th March , an entirely online interactive careers fair accessible to all students and recent grads.

JOB TYPE

Event

LOCATION

Canberra and 6 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 2 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 2 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 2 months ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Brisbane

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 2 months ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

Accepts International

No

McGrathNicol

Closed 3 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 3 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 4 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 4 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 4 months ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

McGrathNicol

Closed 5 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 5 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 5 months ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

McGrathNicol

Closed 6 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 6 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 6 months ago

As a Graduate, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Perth

McGrathNicol

Closed 7 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 7 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 10 months ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed 10 months ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed a year ago

Learn how to support and advise a client through a restructuring process.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

McGrathNicol

Closed a year ago

Learn how to tackle the cyber security threats Australian businesses face, and develop the skills required to thrive in this growing industry.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 3 other locations

About Us

McGrathNicol


McGrathNicol is a specialist Advisory and Restructuring firm. Our experts work with corporates, banks, law firms, private companies and government across all industry sectors and business sizes to deliver valuable advice and high-quality outcomes. Our clients trust us with the most important aspects of their business.

Our Restructuring projects vary in nature and involve dealing with businesses in financial distress. We help restore stability and deliver value. Our Advisory team focus on helping non-distressed organisations improve performance by mitigating risk, managing change and achieving growth.

Graduates and Summer Vacationers at McGrathNicol have the opportunity to gain exposure to the variety of challenges faced by Boards, CEOs and senior management.

Our people are passionate, driven, inclusive and collaborative. Continuous development is engrained in our culture and we have robust development and reward frameworks in place to support progression and generously compensate our employees.

As a Vacationer or Graduate you will receive formal technical and soft skills training, as well as mentoring on the job. We offer a unique opportunity to work closely with senior staff and Partners, learning from some of the best in the industry. Our Graduates also receive full support to complete further industry related study, or post-graduate qualifications such as the Chartered Accountants Program.

At McGrathNicol your success is ours, and ours yours.

 
 

Graduate Program

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Applications to our Graduate Program are open to students in their final year, or those who have graduated within 18 months of the program start date.  Working alongside some of the industry’s most respected leaders, you will gain real world commercial experience and be challenged to think laterally to implement pragmatic solutions on high profile engagements.

Our Graduate Development Program is expertly designed to provide you with the technical knowledge required, as well as improving essential soft skills such as business writing.

 
 
 

Summer Vacation Program

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Our Summer Vacation Program is open to students in their penultimate year of study.  Running for four weeks and commencing in either November or January, the program will provide you with real commercial experience across a variety of different projects and industries.  During your time with us, we aim to give you as much exposure as possible to each of our service offerings.

You will be assigned a Buddy, Time Manager and Counselling Manager during your placement, responsible for providing you with a variety of interesting work, as well as general support and guidance.  We have a unique offering in that you will also have the opportunity to shadow Partners, participate in networking events with clients and attend social functions.

High performing Vacationers may be offered a full-time Graduate role.

 
 
 

Graduate Development and Progression

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If you join us as a Graduate, you will complete our specialised Graduate Development Program (GDP).

The GDP begins in your first week with a local induction to orient you with the necessary information and key people to assist you as you settle in. In your second month, you will attend a national in-house training program, which covers both technical and soft skills content, as well as team building and social functions to network and build relationships with both McGrathNicol employees and Partners.

Your professional development continues as you complete regular additional technical and soft skills training, alongside completion of the Chartered Accountants Program or other qualifications, as appropriate. 

Chartered Accountants Program

Graduates in our Advisory and Restructuring program will be offered comprehensive support to complete the CA Program, including:

  • payment of all module fees and textbooks;
  • attendance at additional lectures and tutorials;
  • external exam assistance days; 
  • access to detailed study notes and guides;
  • paid study and exam leave; and
  • national study groups as you progress through the program alongside your peers.
  • Postgraduate study support

Your development remains a priority as you progress throughout your career.

We partner with a number of leading external providers and internal subject matter experts to ensure you continue to develop as a well-rounded professional and achieve your personal and professional goals. We offer financial and study support for postgraduate courses and continued development through leading professional bodies.

 
 
 

Other opportunities

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Applications for both our Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs open in February and close in March of each year.

To find out more, come and speak with us at career fairs – a list of events we will be attending can be found at mcgrathnicol.com/students.

We also recommend you complete our Restructuring or Technology virtual experience via Forage to gain a detailed insight into the typical tasks of our Graduates.

Key Dates

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Applications to our Summer Vacation and Graduate Programs open on Monday, 17 February 2020. For more information, please visit our site.

Your Application

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Which Program am I eligible to apply for?

To be eligible to apply for our Summer Vacation Program, you must be in your penultimate year of study.  Our Graduate Program is open to students in their final year, or those who have graduated within 18 months of the program start date.

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Our Advisory and Restructuring programs are open to business or commerce students majoring in accounting, economics or finance.  

Our Technology programs are open to students completing a STEM or IT related degree, with an interest in digital forensics, cyber security and data analytics.

For all programs, you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident at the time of submitting your application.  To be eligible to apply for a role in our Canberra office, you must be an Australian Citizen.

For a detailed insight into the typical tasks of our Graduates, we recommend you complete our Restructuring or Technology virtual experience via InsideSherpa.

When do applications open and how do I apply?

Applications for both our Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs open in February and close in March of each year.

As we predominantly recruit for our Graduate Program through the Summer Vacation Program, we encourage you to think about your career and aspirations early and apply to join us in your penultimate year of study.

To submit your application, visit mcgrathnicol.com/students.

 
 
 
 
 

Application Process

McGrathNicol


Online application

Submit your application online. The application involves answering a few short questions, as well as uploading your CV, cover letter and most recent academic transcript.

Cognitive testing

Eligible candidates will be invited to complete online testing, which involves short cognitive assessments.

Video interview

Successful candidates will be invited to record a video interview, which requires you to answer two short questions.

Group information session (location dependent)

Our group information session provides you with the opportunity to visit our offices and network with some of our Partners and employees to provide insight into the work that we do.

Face-to-face interview

The interview component will generally be with a Partner and senior member of our team. This is the final stage of our recruitment process and we aim to make offers within a week of the interview.

We will always notify you about the outcome of your application, however during peak times it may take us a little while to get back to you. If you haven’t heard from us, please assume we are still considering your application.

Meet the Team

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Employee Profile – Restructuring

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What's your full name?

Rebecca Carfi

What’s your job title?

Accountant

What did you study? When did you graduate?

I studied a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Finance and Economics. I graduated in 2018. 

Where did you grow up? Important stages of your life (school, education, experience abroad, jobs etc.)

I grew up in Melbourne and attended Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg. I worked as a Customer Service Supervisor in an independent supermarket for a few years while I completed my degree.

My most notable experience abroad was when I went on exchange to Trento, Italy in 2015. While at university, I mainly travelled around Asia.

How did you get to your current job position? For how long have you had it?

I was offered a graduate position after successfully completing a four-week vacation program at McGrathNicol in late 2017. I returned as a graduate in February 2019.

Applying for your job

How did you choose your specialisation (compared to others)? / Were you weighing up any other alternatives before choosing this specialisation?

I didn’t have a set career path in mind when I started my degree. I really enjoyed studying finance and economics and even contemplated further study. However, after getting a feel for life at McGrathNicol through the vacation program, I decided that I was ready to enter the workforce immediately after completing my degree.

I wasn’t an accounting student but I chose to pursue a career in Restructuring as it seemed like an interesting specialisation and offered me the opportunity to gain a diverse range of experiences and build a commercial skillset.

What was your interview process like? What kind of questions were you asked?

The application process included an online application, cognitive testing and a video interview. I was then invited to attend an information and networking evening at the McGrathNicol office, which provided me with great insight into the firm and the people I would be working with. The final stage was a behavioural interview with a Partner and a Senior Manager.

During the final interview I was asked questions about my CV, personal interests, what I had learned from university or work experience, and why I was interested in Restructuring and working for McGrathNicol. I enjoyed the professional yet relaxed approach to the interview process and was given regular progress updates on my application, which helped to reduce the nerves!

Your work

What does your employer do?

McGrathNicol is a specialist Advisory and Restructuring firm. McGrathNicol Advisory includes services such as Forensic, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Strategy & Business Improvement, Technology and Transactions.

McGrathNicol Restructuring focus on Special Situations, Turnaround and Insolvency.

What are your areas of responsibility?

My responsibilities as a Graduate include completing a variety of tasks on insolvency engagements, including on-site visits, facilitating supplier payments and responding to a wide range of stakeholder queries.

Whilst I work predominantly in the Restructuring team, it is likely I will have some exposure to Forensic or Transactions engagements in the future.

Can you describe a typical work day? What was the last thing you worked on?

It is difficult to describe a typical day due to the changing nature of the businesses we are appointed to. We work across a diverse range of companies and industries, so no two projects are the same!

The work that I am typically involved in requires communicating regularly with different company stakeholders over the phone or via email. We work in a regulated industry and I am also responsible for supporting the managers to ensure we are completing tasks within the timeframes stipulated by ASIC.

The last project I worked on was the RCR Tomlinson Voluntary Administration. This was a very large job which involved me working on site at the RCR office for a few months. Many of my interstate colleagues worked on the engagement, so whilst it was a busy period it was great to meet others from the national team and learn from a variety of managers.

What are the career prospects with your job? / Where could you or others in your position go from here?

There is a clear progression pathway at McGrathNicol and we all take part in regular performance and development discussions.

All graduates within the Restructuring team are supported to complete the Chartered Accountants (CA) program, which I am currently working towards. The next step for me is to become a Senior Accountant, and after completing my CA I hope to progress to a management role.

McGrathNicol offers the opportunity to work on different engagements around Australia and across different specialisations. Several of my colleagues have taken career breaks to work overseas, and on occasion the firm has been able to support secondment opportunities with our affiliated firm Alvarez & Marsal who are based in the UK and USA.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

McGrathNicol mainly hires commerce/business graduates, however they encourage people from other backgrounds to apply. I didn’t complete an accounting major but McGrathNicol has supported me in completing the CA Foundations bridging course this year.

The areas that McGrathNicol specialises in require a diverse range of skills (not just related to accounting), which we learn on the job and are given training for. We have employees from other backgrounds, such as law or corporate finance, who have thrived in our environment. Most importantly, McGrathNicol look for excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong problem solving abilities and commercial acumen.

What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?

If I wasn’t working at McGrathNicol, I imagine that I would be working in a similar firm. I may have even completed further study at university.

Pros and cons

What do you love the most about your job? Which kind of task do you enjoy the most?

The thing that I love most about my job is the variety of engagements I have exposure to and the excitement when a new job comes in and we all have to pull together as a team. I really enjoy going out to client sites as it’s an opportunity to learn more about how different businesses are run. 

What’s the biggest limitation of your job? Do you bear a lot of responsibility? Do you have to work on weekends? Are the stress levels high?

I don’t feel like there are many limitations in my role, since I’m given a fair bit of autonomy by managers. Since I started I’ve received a lot of support from my team and my counselling manager.

We’re occasionally required to work long hours or on weekends, but our hard work is always acknowledged and we’re rewarded by having a team lunch at the end of a project. Some situations can be challenging the first time around but it’s all a learning experience.

A word to the wise...

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current university student? They don’t necessarily have to be related to your role, or even be career-focused.

  • Don’t limit yourself to the traditional career path related to your degree, lots of employers are seeking a diverse range of students for their graduate programs. 
  • Don’t give up on your hobbies – employers like to see that you’re well-rounded and have interests outside of study and work.
  • Make the most of university breaks and travel if you can!

Employee Profile - Technology

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What's your full name?

Natalie Scollo

What’s your job title?

Senior Analyst, Technology

What did you study? When did you graduate?

A Bachelor of Arts / Law at Monash University, completed in 2019.

Where did you grow up? Important stages of your life (school, education, experience abroad, jobs etc.)

I grew up in south Gippsland before moving to the city for University. During my degree I took the opportunity to study abroad. I studied for six months in Paris with a focus on philosophy and six months in Florence with a focus on international law. 

How did you get to your current job position? For how long have you had it?

Whilst I was working in a law firm, an opportunity came up to complete a three month secondment in their eDiscovery team. I enjoyed my secondment and was there 18 months when I was approached for an exciting role at McGrathNicol. I completed an informative interview process before joining the Forensic Technology team at McGrathNicol in early 2019.

Applying for your job

How did you choose your specialisation (compared to others)? / Were you weighing up any other alternatives before choosing this specialisation?

Once I graduated, I started my career as a paralegal at a top-tier law firm with the view to becoming a lawyer. However, after I gained exposure to eDiscovery through my legal background I decided that was the career pathway I wanted to pursue.

What was your interview process like? What kind of questions were you asked?

The recruitment process had three key stages. A first interview with a Technology Partner and Director, an online cognitive test and a final interview with two other senior members of staff.

I found the interview process to be semi-formal and informative. I was asked about my narrative: How did I end up here? What did I do previously? What technology was I familiar with? What I hoped to achieve in my career? It was really a conversation in which I felt the team genuinely wanted to get to know me and understand if we would work well together.

Your work 

What does your employer do?

McGrathNicol is an Australian based leading Advisory and Restructuring firm. I work within the Technology team. We specialise in complex investigations, time critical cybersecurity incident response activities and helping our clients to design strategies and implement frameworks to mitigate digital and information risk.

What are your areas of responsibility?

I specialise in eDiscovery services. I act as an interface between lawyers and technology. I use my technical expertise to identify, collect and transform data so that it is user friendly for lawyers and investigators. Our team analyses terabytes of data to find out what's potentially relevant to assist lawyers and investigators in complex matters.

Can you describe a typical work day? What was the last thing you worked on?

I like to begin my day by scanning the news and looking for any ‘juicy’ disputes, investigations or data breaches. It’s always handy to know the latest news for the discussions in the office kitchen.

From there, every day is different! We work on matters that can potentially have significant consequences for our clients and as such they are often time critical. Just last week, we received a phone call from an investment bank. Within the week, we took a forensic copy of an employee’s laptop and prepared a report on their activity e.g. who the employee sent emails to/from, what files they were downloading, etc..

What are the career prospects with your job? / Where could you or others in your position go from here?

At McGrathNicol there is a strong focus on developing their people. They encourage us to take on responsibility, become mentors and to have open conversations about our career. In the Technology team I’m surrounded by people with all sorts of backgrounds who I collaborate with and learn from every day. For example, technology consultants, data scientists, economists, private investigators and even an opera singer!

What would your career be if you weren’t doing what you’re doing now?

I enjoy cooking and was recently gifted a pasta maker. If I wasn’t a Senior Analyst, I think I would be making fresh pasta for local cafes and restaurants.

Pros and cons

What do you love the most about your job? Which kind of task do you enjoy the most?

I love the variety of work and the fact that I never know exactly what the day will bring! As technology is constantly evolving there is a continuous learning element which I enjoy. The team is always receiving training on new technology to learn how we can better serve our clients.

I enjoy consulting with our clients to understand their needs and using my technical skills to resolve their complex business challenges.

What’s the biggest limitation of your job? Do you bear a lot of responsibility? Do you have to work on weekends? Are the stress levels high?

In terms of work hours, we have a culture that values work-life balance and I find I leave work more often than not by 5:30pm. In our line of work there can be tight deadlines on projects so occasionally I will work out of hours to ensure I am meeting the needs of our clients. We make an effort to celebrate as a team at the end of challenging projects, and enjoy the down time during quieter periods.

A word to the wise...

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current university student? They don’t necessarily have to be related to your role, or even be career-focused.

The first thing that springs to mind is to pursue a career that aligns to your passions and makes you happy.

My second piece of advice is to be yourself in the workplace, and don’t be afraid to express your ideas and opinions.

My last piece of advice is to always think of the bigger picture and be open to all opportunities that come your way, you never know where they will take you!

A Day in the Life

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Name – Tom Flannery

Title – Senior Accountant 

University Attended – University of Sydney 

Degree qualification – Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)

Year of graduation – 2018 (Mid-Year)

Start

6:15am

I resist the urge to snooze my alarm and gradually roll out of bed. I grab my bag and head out to the bus on my way to the gym in the city for my morning exercise.

7:45am

I arrive at work feeling fresh and awake following my gym session. Our Sydney office has great washroom facilities in our basement, including fresh towels, which conveniently allows me to get ready at work.

8:15am

I’m at my desk and scrolling through my emails while eating the breakfast that I keep in our kitchen. I generally start the day having a read through the AFR morning updates which allows me to catch up on news and current events. Once I’m finished eating, I respond to any overnight emails that need my attention and take note of the meetings I have in my calendar for the day.

8:30am

Now I’m ready to plan out my day. Our line of work can be unpredictable and fast paced, therefore it’s important that I set out any urgent tasks that must be completed by the end of the day.

8:45am

I have a 9:00am conference call with a client based in New Zealand for one of my current working capital advisory projects. I’m sitting in on the call with a Partner and Manager so I’m keen to make sure I am fully prepared. I take the time to read through our previous correspondence and note a couple of potential improvements to their debtor collection processes that I can raise with the client.

9:00am

The call begins and we discuss some of the outstanding pieces of information we have previously requested as part of our review of the client. I take notes on the call and raise a number of queries I had previously identified. The call ends and the Partner takes us through some of the key action points from the call. Overall, we are all pleased with how the call went and set out a number of tasks to action prior to our next catch up.

10:15am

I’m feeling a little less fresh after a busy morning, so I grab a few of my fellow graduates and we head out for a coffee. We are lucky that our office is in Martin Place and are spoilt for choice with great cafes. We decide to try out one that has just opened up in a newly refurbished lobby close by – it doesn’t disappoint!

10:30am

I’m part of a retail industry focus team which compiles retail statistics once a month and presents an opinion piece on the current state of the industry. I prepare for the release of the statistics from ABS and put together the relevant graphs along with my opinions. I then take it to the Director on the project team for review. They make some minor changes, but overall they’re pleased with the quality of my findings.

12:00pm

We have one of our monthly training sessions scheduled for lunch. Today’s training is a little different than some of the more technical-based training we’ve had in the past – it is a Young Gun Partner Panel. We have the opportunity to listen to the past experiences of some of our newer Partners and the different paths they have taken to get where they are today. The firm kindly provides a catered lunch for these trainings, with a mixture of gourmet sandwiches and salads on offer – the catering provided is always second to none!

1:00pm

Following the training, I return a number of missed calls for a listed engineering company that I have been working with for the past month. Given the size of the project, I have to be able to communicate with a number of stakeholders including shareholders, employees and creditors.

1:45pm

I have a meeting for the same listed engineering company with our core project team based in Sydney. As the most junior member of the team, ahead of the meeting I worked through some of the key issues, allowing me to lead some of the discussion. It’s always a great experience being able to lead a discussion with more senior members of the team and learn from their wealth of experience.

2:00pm

After the meeting, my manager and I call the lawyers who have been advising us on this matter to discuss their interpretation of a key issue. It’s an interesting phone call with two differing viewpoints on the best way forward, so we prepare some notes for a later discussion with the Partner appointed to the job.

2:45pm

I’ve been tasked with preparing a ‘fee pack’ to distribute to our secured creditors to approve our proposed remuneration. I have to implement some of my newly learnt Excel skills to ensure the WIP reconciles and is able to flow through the spreadsheet to the summary table I will present to the Partner. Luckily, there aren’t too many discrepancies and I am able to reconcile my summary accurately.

5:45pm

I quickly skim through my task list to ensure I’ve completed everything urgent for the day. As I’m about to pack up, I remember to complete my timesheet for the day – it helps ensure it isn’t all one big rush before I finish for the week on Friday. Once this is done, I walk to the bus to head home for the day.

6:15pm

It’s the local pubs meal deal night, so my housemates and I head up the road for some dinner and a drink to talk through our days.

7:30pm

Time to head home and switch on a movie. Half an hour later we finally agree on what to watch!

10:30pm

The movie finishes and it’s time for bed. I throw my gym gear in my bag ready for tomorrow’s lunchtime run with the work crew.

Social Responsibility

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We encourage our people to actively volunteer in the community and support them to perform one day of volunteering and/or pro-bono activities each year. Some of the causes we support include Red Dust, Lifeline, Career Trackers Indigenous Internship Program, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Perks & Benefits

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We offer a range of rewards and benefits for our people, such as:

  • Generous bonus program, paid insurances, and other financial rewards;
  • Flexible work options;
  • Additional leave including paid study, exam and graduation leave, career breaks up to 12 months, community service leave and the ability to purchase additional annual leave.
  • End of trip building facilities, ergonomic desks, annual flu vaccinations and provision of daily fresh fruit;
  • 24 hour access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an external, confidential counselling service for employees and their families; and
  • Opportunity to participate in a range of community initiatives, sporting events, social functions and other team building activities.

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