One of the world’s Big Four professional service firms, Deloitte, will welcome CQUni Mackay’s Samantha Plath to its Brisbane offices in 2018.
“I was one of only two per cent of students from around the country to be selected to attend a Brisbane Assessment Centre interview,” the third-year Bachelor of Accounting student said.
The three-hour assessment that followed was step five of the company’s seven-step application process.
Deloitte is a US$36.8 billion multinational organisation that delivers services in audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory and more across 150-plus countries and territories.
In 2016, Deloitte ranked Number One Employer for Accounting and Financial Management Graduates, leading the Big Four in a survey of more than 6 000 Australian students (undertaken by GradAustralia and The Australian).
“There are thousands and thousands of students who apply internationally with Deloitte each year; I am so fortunate and very, very grateful,” Samantha said.
Deloitte’s Ruth Hession described Samantha as “everything we look for in a graduate – she’s driven, incredibly energetic and an all-rounder”.
“Samantha’s passion for building relationships with clients, colleagues and co-workers along with her motivation to have real impact was what made her stand out to us, and really wowed us at the interview,” she said.
In 2018, Samantha will take on the role of Graduate Accountant in the Assurance and Advisory team.
“From my second week onwards, I’ve been told I could be flying all over the country to visit clients – I cannot believe I’ve already acquired my dream job; I haven’t even finished uni yet!”
Samantha’s advice to others wishing to work for a prestigious organisation such as Deloitte is: “Don’t think you won’t get an offer; and when you apply, make sure you stand out from the crowd”.
“At the interview, I was surrounded by a sea of corporate black business suits; instead I wore a navy-blue business dress with a nice pearl necklace. I wanted them to see that while I’m intelligent, I’m not boring,” she laughed.
“And network, network, network. Work hard, be happy and get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as you can; people need to know who you are and they need to like who you are.”
Some extra-curricular highlights of Samantha’s CQUni Mackay journey include: Being one of only 20 Australian students to spend two weeks in India as part of the Reimagining India program; and receiving a $15000 BMA Community Scholarship and the 2016 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.
Samantha is also president of the CQUni Business Students’ Association.
“The opportunities I’ve been offered and taken advantage of at CQUni and the encouragement I’ve received from my School of Business and Law lecturers is something I am incredibly grateful for and will treasure forever,” Samantha said.