The Australian Financial Review recently published the results of their “2017 Top 100 Graduate Employers” survey ranking where Australia's most recent graduates most want to work. Once again the Big 4 Professional Services Firms featured at the top of the list, taking up four of the top six spots with Deloitte coming in at first place.
BRDG asked some recent graduates about their experiences working in Professional Services to understand why these firms remain such a popular choice for today’s graduates.
Sasha (Management Consulting) reflects on his transition after an internship in corporate tax “They kind of sat me down and had that conversation with me about what I actually wanted to do and what I was passionate about and it was really clear that corporate tax was not what I was passionate about and neither was practicing Law. The firm were just amazing at connecting me with other parts of the business to see where I could actually just bring what was great about me and my experiences to a new role.
For a couple of months after I left, it was a lot of coffee catch-ups, phone calls and emails until eventually, I found a role that was really suited to me and it's been so great kind of starting in the firm where the role was just so wrong for me, but with the business being open and myself being open to new roles that I didn’t think of previously. I found myself in a position where I come to work and I can bring the best of myself and I know it's going to add value to what I'm doing."
James (Management Consulting) explains why he has moved from Audit, to Transaction Services to Management Consulting, “I guess that’s sort of reflective of my personality. I've always been afraid of being pigeon-holed and I don't want to narrow my sort of my capabilities or my goals too early because I like that idea of optionality. I also love just continuously learning something different.
What I would encourage is don't turn down a job at a great firm because it doesn't tick the boxes now. There are opportunities once you get in there, but you need to sort of try and progress those networks. You might not get that your ideal job from the outset but it can happen. It does all the time. “
Most grads don't really know what they want to do, even after years of study. Professional Services Firms are made up of a diverse range of businesses, offering graduates, young professionals and even mid-career professionals the opportunity to move across the organisation and find a role that plays to their strengths.
Whilst this may seem obvious once spelt out, the main take away for graduates is that if you’re unsure of where your dream job lies, these firms offer flexibility and mobility to move within and/or across divisions and service types.
And as Lucy explains, if you decide that Professional Services isn’t for you, they will support you in that decision too, “I was looking around for a change, but I was looking within corporate, so I was thinking of moving into maybe Investment Banking, maybe going and working as an Accountant in industry for a company as opposed to doing Professional Services, but I started to realize that I wanted something completely different. I was actually talking with the HR department at [my Professional Services Firm] and they suggested that I go seek some career counseling. So I did that. “
To watch the full interviews or hear from young professionals who started out in professional services head to www.brdg.net.au