At McGrathNicol your success is ours, and ours yours.

As a Vacationer or Graduate at McGrathNicol we empower you to make a positive impact on your career, our performance and our clients’ future. When working on our Restructuring projects you will be involved in helping to restore stability and deliver value to organisations in financial distress. While the work with our Advisory team focuses on helping non-distressed organisations improve performance by mitigating risk, managing change and achieving growth.

Continuous development is engrained in our culture and we have robust development and reward frameworks to support progression and generously compensate our employees – our success is yours. You will also have the unique opportunity to work closely with and be mentored by 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.

Apply today and bring out the best in both of us.

Our Programs


Summer Vacation Program

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.

We are pleased to have ranked #1 in AAGE’s (Australian Association of Graduate Employers) Top 75 Graduate Employers for 2020, as well as #1 in AAGE’s Top 40 Intern Programs for 2020.

Graduate Program

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.

Graduates generally commence in February of each year, however midyear commencement dates and/or casual employment may also be available throughout your university semester.

Dates & Events


Application dates

Applications for our 2021 Graduate Program in Perth are currently open and will close at midnight on 11 October 2020.

Applications for opportunities in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney are now closed and will reopen in February 2021.

For updates on our Undergraduate vacancies, please follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcgrathnicol/ or Facebook at facebook.com/mcgrathnicolstudents.

Events

While Graduate career fairs and industry events are currently postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, you can learn more about what it is like to be a Graduate at McGrathNicol by completing our Restructuring or Technology virtual internships on Forage.

Meet Our Graduates


Tom Flannery

Tom is a Senior Accountant working in our Restructuring and Advisory teams. “I enjoy the challenging and unpredictable nature of our industry, ensuring I continue to grow and develop my skillset and business acumen in a professional environment.”

View GradAustralia ‘day in the life of’

Rebecca Carfi

Rebecca is an Accountant working in our Restructuring team. “I love when a new job comes in and we all have to pull together as a team. We work across a diverse range of companies and industries, so no two projects are the same.”

View GradAustralia profile

Natalie Scollo

Natalie is a Senior Analyst in our Technology team. “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 that I enjoy.”

View GradAustralia profile

FAQS


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.

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.

Applications for both our Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs open in February of each year. Some of our offices may reopen applications again in July. We confirm open and close dates via our Facebook page and the Dates and Events section.

You can submit your application here

You can apply to join our Advisory and Restructuring program or our Technology program depending on your area of study.

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 three 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.

The nature of our business means we interact daily with various stakeholders, often in difficult situations. We therefore look for students who have strong communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to build relationships and those who enjoy working in a team-based environment. We are trusted by our clients to deliver high quality services, so our employees are motivated and conscientious with strong attention to detail and problem-solving capabilities.

Graduates joining our Advisory and Restructuring program will be required to complete the CA Program.

We offer full financial and study support for our employees, including:

  • Payment of all module fees and textbooks;
  • Access to comprehensive study notes and guides;
  • Attendance at lectures and tutorials, including mock exam days to assist in your preparation;
  • Paid study and exam leave;
  • National study groups as you progress through the program alongside your peers;
  • An assigned CA mentor to support you throughout your studies;
  • Payment of annual CA membership fees; and
  • Generous financial rewards to recognise milestone achievements and completion of the program.

If your degree does not cover the prerequisite subjects necessary to enrol in the CA Program, you may be required to complete a bridging course. For more information, please visit the CA ANZ website. Financial and study support are provided to Graduates who need to complete bridging courses.

As a Vacationer or Graduate, you can expect to work on projects across our services, gaining exposure to a variety of our clients, such as banks, law firms and large corporates.

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

Experience McGrathNicol Via

Restructuring is a discipline within accounting specifically focused on companies facing financial distress. We put plans into action that restore stability and deliver value. Partnering with boards, management teams and financiers facing situations of financial distress, our experts will quickly identify root causes, formulate turnaround strategies and implement value-maximising restructures.

In this virtual experience you will build the skills required to perform the tasks we expect of our Graduate Accountants. You will review a client’s financial position, assist in the sale of assets, distribute funds to creditors and call a frustrated creditor.

McGrathNicol has a team of Technology specialists that works with our corporate clients to tackle reactive technology issues, such as data breaches and loss of information, as well as proactively working with clients in relation to information and system security, designing frameworks to mitigate risks and protect their data.

In this virtual experience you will build the skills required to perform the tasks we expect of our Technology Graduates.