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University of Sydney
Associate, Cyber and Forensics
Annabelle studied Bachelor Commerce/Bachelor Arts at University of Sydney
What's your job about?
When I first joined PwC as a Graduate, I applied for a position in the consulting business. PwC recruitment helped me discover the Cyber and Forensics area of the business. PwC's Australian Cyber and Forensic Services practice offers a full spectrum of forensic solutions, ranging from fraud prevention and detection management to post-incident investigative services and remedial activities.
It’s a great team. The work is fast paced and I am constantly challenged to think outside of the box.
Since starting at PwC in August 2015, every day has been different. I have been fortunate to work on a variety of engagements. This has included client secondments, investigations relating to alleged money-laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption matters, corporate intelligence assignments and overseas travel.
What's your background?
I grew up on a sheep farm 50km from Forbes NSW and attended boarding school in Sydney. I studied at the University of Sydney from 2011-2015 and undertook a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts (Accounting, International Business and French). During this time I completed three exchanges in France, LA and NYC.
Throughout university I had hoped to work at an international firm, like PwC, that would provide me with opportunities to live and work overseas. I hope to complete a two year secondment with my team in the near future.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes, our team is very diverse. Everyone brings a different perspective to the table which is important when trying to solve forensic matters. Experience ranges from law, engineering, data science, cyber-security, information systems, criminology and accounting to name a few.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
Everyone in our team is trained as a private investigator. We receive PwC global investigations training each year. This a great chance to spend quality time with the national team and to work on our investigative mindset and skills.
PwC encourages all its staff members to find their purpose. Over the past year I have been working with colleagues across many different lines of service on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy as well as issues in Agriculture. These opportunities have not only allowed me to meet many different people across the firm but also given me the opportunity me to work on issues that I am passionate about.
What are the limitations of your job?
Working in Cyber and Forensics presents exciting challenges and requires a high attention to detail. To stay focused, it is important to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Whether it is before or after work, I always find time to exercise as this helps me to concentrate. PwC’s flexible working hours are great for helping me shuffle things around to ensure I don’t miss this.
I am also currently completing my Chartered Accountant Program. Studying and working can be challenging but PwC has been very supportive and given me extra time to study when I need to.
Pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
While at University it is important to get as much practical experience as possible. This will help you decide what you are interested in and more importantly not interested in. Good marks help, but companies are more interested in your practical experience and previous roles you have held.
When applying for graduate roles, I think it is good to be open and apply to different areas of the business, especially ones you have never heard of. You never know, it may turn out to be your dream job!