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Michelle Schooling

Michelle Schooling

What type of work do you normally do as a Graduate?

As a graduate we are certainly given “real” work. In audit typical sections for a Grad would be Cash at Bank, Expenses and Fixed Assets, however every job is different and we are often allocated more challenging sections. As a Graduate, I also have a lot of interaction with clients which I really enjoy.

What advice would you give someone trying to get a Graduate role?

Gain as much experience as you can, internships are great! Also attend careers fairs and careers evenings held by your university or CA and CPA institutes. These are great for networking as well as learning what the various firms offer. Also, make sure your university subjects align with the CA prerequisites.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I perform ballet and am part of a competitive cheerleading team. I also enjoy the usual Melbournian things like shopping, brunch and watching AFL at the G.

How are you finding the CA program?

Balancing the CA program with work is often a challenge but it is certainly manageable. We have a study group within RSM comprising of grads from various divisions so we complete the online assessments as a group and also have frequent study sessions together which makes it much more enjoyable. RSM also offers study leave and a study assistance course which includes extra materials and seminars.   

What would people never guess you do in your role?

I interact and work directly with RSM Partners on client jobs. I think this demonstrates that RSM values their graduates and trusts in their work.

What have you done with the firm outside of your normal role?

I am the Sports Commission for the Melbourne Office, this role requires me to organise sports tipping competitions for the office such as AFL tipping and spring carnival sweeps. It’s a bit of competitive fun around the office, which everyone gets involved in from Partners to Grads.


Anne Seah

Anne Seah (BA, Sydney)

What type of work do you normally do as a Graduate?

I perform bookkeeping for clients, prepare periodic and annual financial statements and income tax returns and assist with other administration tasks. It’s not all about putting your head down and doing your work on your own though – I work closely with my colleagues on a daily basis

Why were you interested in Business Advisory?

I wanted to work in Business Advisory because I believed it was the best area to gain a solid foundation in the basic accounting skills that could translate no matter where I work in the future.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I love playing netball, watching rugby union, listening to music and catching up with friends

Three key words to describe RSM?

Social, nurturing and modern

What have you done with the firm outside of your normal role?

I participate in extracurricular activities such as our lunchtime netball and touch teams and yoga sessions

Describe your manager?                 

I’ve been really lucky to work under a fantastic Manager who will answer the many questions that the team bombard her with. As A Graduate who knew nothing when I started working here, she is a fantastic mentor and didn’t hesitate to sit with me when I didn’t understand something.


Bradley Hampson

Bradley Hampson (BA, Sydney)

What type of work do you normally do as a Graduate?

Accounting and tax compliance, income tax returns, financial statements and GST reporting.

What interests do you have outside of work?

Outside of work I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and have recently competed in my first competition.

How are you finding the CA program?

In the short time I have been studying the CA program I have found it to be not only informative, but very practical in relation to the work that I complete on a day to day basis. Overall, it is challenging, but there are plenty of opportunities out there for people with a CA qualification.

One thing you have learnt as a Graduate so far?

The most important thing I have learnt as a graduate is that it is okay to not have the answer. There are plenty of people around who are not only patient, but more than willing to help you.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your role?

Seeing how our work adds value to our clients and their businesses.

Describe your manager?

Both my Managers are intelligent, knowledgeable and ambitious individuals. Every day I come into work and report to people whose footsteps I will follow. It’s great to be working with people whose interests are not only aligned with your own, but on a personal level they are invested in your success.


Jacob Pantlin

Jacob Pantlin (Restructuring & Recovery)

What type of work do you normally do as a Gradaute?

As a Graduate I have a few main responsibilities. Often when we are appointed to a new job we know very little about the company, and one of my roles is to conduct the investigations to understand the financial position of the company, and how it got there. This often involves liaising with the director, creditors, debtors and employees. Another major part of my day is preparing the work papers and reports required internally and for external agencies like ASIC.

What interests do you have outside of work?

During the week I try to fit in a few boxing classes. On the weekends I like to check out new bars and restaurants and I'm learning to cook.

Three key words to describe RSM?

Integrity, Empowering and Supportive

What would people never guess you do in your role?

One of the tasks in a liquidation is to receive the books and records of the company. Before working in R&R I had no idea that this could involve literally hundreds of archive boxes full of paper records that need to be collected and catalogued.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your role?

It's been great to work in a team that functions so well together, especially after the horrors of university team assignments.

What is your team like and who do you work closely with?

The R&R division has a strong team attitude; everyone is happy to help each other out. I work closely with the managers on my jobs and the other graduates in my division.



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