2019 Graduate Program

Are you looking for a challenge to influence with impact? Kickstart your career with Australia’s leading consulting group in Superannuation and Wealth Management.

Why work in IQ Group?

IQ Group is a dynamic and progressive organisation at the forefront of the financial services sector. Feel comfortable kick starting your career by working for a company that values work-life balance, and recognises passion, hard work and perseverance

IQ Group provides graduates with their career ‘head start’ through training and career development. We provide the right tools and training to ensure our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, support and e-learning.

As part of our Graduate Program, you’ll receive:

  • A structured program with an initial intensive skills development training boot camp, providing Business Analysis, Project Management, Data and Change skills, as well as RG146 qualification
  • 6 months of formal mentoring by a Principal Consultant
  • Great exposure to a variety of work environments and a network of professionals within the industry
  • Valuable experience on a wide range of engagements working with a great IQ Group team and clients
  • Being part of the IQ Business Group with opportunity to travel across Australia

Applications for the 2019 Graduate Program close 30th September. Our selection process will take place in October and offers will be made to successful candidates in late October. The successful Graduates will commence with IQ Group in February 2019.

How To Apply:

Submit your CV and contact details using the webform before September 30th.

Successful candidates will be made an offer in late October, and the successful Graduates will commence with IQ Group in February 2019.

If you have any questions, you can email them to gradprogram@iqgroup.com.au. To learn more about IQ Group and our service offerings, click here.

 

Find out what our previous Graduates have to say about IQ Group:

Tassie Metusela

1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

Before Joining IQ, I was studying and working full time in OSCH – Out of School Hours Care. Proud Latrobe Uni Alumnus over here. 😉

2. What qualifications do you have?

Bachelor of Accounting, Dip Children Services, Cert IV TAE, RG 146

3. Have you used your qualifications / experience during your time in IQ?

Interestingly all facets of my educational career have been put to task in my ever evolving roles. Ranging from developing financial tracking tools for PM’s to manage budgets and for forecasting revenue and expenditure, to leveraging my understanding of the psychology of children in order to manage difficult stakeholders. I have definitely benefited from having completed the RG 146 early in my career with IQ as this is your fundamental foundational knowledge; your ABC’s if you like in order to get ahead in this particular industry. One thing that stands out in all of this though, is not necessarily the textbook smarts I acquired (crammed in) as a result of my studies, but the attributes and qualities that accompany intense periods of study. The discipline and accountability that is required in my rather regimented studies over my educational career is ever more important in the independent learning I have to actively engage in, in order to upskill and continue to be a valuable and effective member of my respective teams, groups and organisation.

4. Why did you apply for the graduate program in IQ?

I have a cousin that was a former Grad and when he offered it, I saw it as an opportunity to plunge head first into the financial world. I had flirted with the idea of joining other accounting firms but could never imagine myself enjoying it. IQ seemed and has since proved prophetic, an awesome place to work and develop.

5. What work did you do as a graduate?

I was placed in a role that had not yet been defined well in the Client space, nevertheless I started off as a Project Coordinator. But this role evolved and got more and more challenging. It’s in essence a role that aims to support Project Managers; whether it is through meeting scheduling and minute taking to contacting of various stakeholders, to now configuring JIRA and SharePoint sites (thanks Lorraine Tam!). However I also have helped the Program manager in setting up processes for standardized status reporting and financial tracking. One thing I was told early on by another former graduate (Pehn) that has fuelled much of my vision and work life is to “Adapt and Grow.”

6. What has been the highlight of your career with IQ so far?

PEOPLE! By far, “the people” are the most important aspect of any organisation and certainly has been the case here at IQ. From the amazing early experiences I had with the HR team to the intimate tutoring by CEO Brian. From an amazing co-graduate (Ash Z) who I am honoured to have started off with to SuperB (not a syntax error J) mentors that regardless of distance and schedules have been such great sources of advice and comfort (Katherine F and Matt G). If there is anything I can unequivocally say about IQ is, they are a tight knit group of colleagues/friends that know what they are doing, and know what they are doing it for!

Nafees Beg

1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

I was completing my degree and I had worked as a tutor and as a junior accountant.

2. What qualifications do you have?

Bachelor of Commerce and Economics majoring in Finance and Financial Economics

3. Have you used your qualifications / experience during your time in IQ?

Yes and no. I didn’t use the content I studied in university much and I never expected to but I did use the skills I had learnt. Skills such as being willing and able to learn, working in teams, and meeting deadlines have been extremely useful in my work. For Business Analyst roles in particular, the ability to gather information, make sense of it and apply it has been essential every day and that is something I had primarily learnt from University and prior work experience.

4. Why did you apply for the graduate program in IQ?

The biggest thing I wanted from the graduate program was a challenge. In the past, I have found a lot of the work I was asked to do to be simple and repetitive and I wanted variety. At IQ, you are able to work at different clients, on different projects, with different people which means you are always on your toes and gaining new experiences.

5. What work did you do as a graduate?

  • My first project was the implementation of the 2016-17 Federal budget changes at a Superannuation Fund. I prepared written scenarios with calculations and diagrams to help ensure that the correct calculations are applied to contributions and balances.
  • I’ve also worked within a product development team at an actuaries firm to assist with the maintenance of a backlog of work items for the team and to test the software and ensure it was working correctly.
  • Most recently, I had an engagement at a SuperStream Gateway where I prepared documentation based on SuperStream Legislation, developed and implemented MS Excel solutions to automate several processes for greater accuracy and efficiency and I also conducted several training workshops.

These experiences have each presented unique and interesting challenges and have been great learning opportunities.

6. What has been the highlight of your career with IQ so far?

The mentors I’ve had have been extremely helpful in my work and in my development as a consultant. IQ is full of people who are highly experienced, approachable and willing to help with the challenges you face and that is the most valuable part of this program. As for a particular highlight, I had the opportunity to go to Brisbane for two days to attend an annual meeting at the client’s head office. I was able to meet with teams across the organisation and gain insights into their roles, from the call centres, to the development teams, to the support teams as well as people from management. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun as well.

 

Simran Kaur

1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

I was working as a Sales Consultant at Harvey Norman.

2. What qualifications do you have?

Master of Professional Accounting

3. Have you used your qualifications / experience during your time in IQ?

I was able to use both my study and past experience here at IQ. My experience in retail enabled me to communicate and liaise with stakeholders in a professional manner and the theoretical knowledge that I gained from school also helped in some extent to understand the basics.

However, I gained much more experience during my time at IQ Group since the real world is a lot different than the one we see in our books. Being my first job in a corporate environment, it was exciting as well as challenging considering the nature of our work where you are the representative of your company and have a huge responsibility. I learnt new things every day, developed my technical skills and on top of it all I was able to grow professionally.

4. Why did you apply for the graduate program in IQ?

I joined IQ Group initially as a finance intern and then moved into PMO but I was so fascinated about what we do when I would hear from consultants about their projects and experiences. I was so intrigued by the fact that our company was helping our clients in an industry that is so close to all of us – Superannuation. Hence, I wanted to see how these heavy words and regulations we see in paper and on the news impact the industry in reality and how it is all implemented. So, in order to quench my curiosity, I applied for the position and fortunately got selected.

5. What work did you do as a graduate?

I did a variety of things as a graduate. Initially, we went through intense training to gain understanding in consulting, project management, and business analysis and so on. I also had the pleasure to learn from industry experts.

I then worked on internal projects alongside experienced project managers and business analysts.

My first engagement as a consultant was at one of our major clients where I did a bit of business analysis and project co-ordination in an agile environment. Joining a project mid-way was challenging since it was easy to get lost in massive set of documentation. Therefore, it was important to know your go-to people. It was surprising to see how much people were willing to share and help which taught me one of the most important thing – that you need to be curious and not afraid to ask.

6. What has been the highlight of your career with IQ so far?

Highlight for me was the support and recognition that I received during my time at IQ. There is no greater happiness than being acknowledged for the efforts you put in and every time I received praise for the little contributions I made, it encouraged me to push harder and perform even better. Secondly, at the time where I was struggling at personal level, the immense amount

of care that my manager, team lead and colleagues provided was invaluable. I feel grateful for being among those who are not only great at what they do but are also just amazing people.

Joel Cheong

1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

I was a fashion retail store manager.

2. What qualifications do you have?

Bachelor of Business Information Systems, majors in HR, HR management and Supply Chain management.

3. Have you used your qualifications / experience during your time in IQ?

As my work mirrors of a business analyst, I didn’t apply a lot of my finance or applied mathematics in my current job. However, what I did manage to apply was my ability to pick up concepts fast and the ability to learn new software skills.

4. Why did you apply for the graduate program in IQ?

After graduating, I was unsure what specifically I wanted to do. After being referred to the IQ Grad program and doing a bit of research, I was really interested in the opportunity to rotate through a series of work spaces before finding the best fit for me as well as learning about the superannuation industry- something I had given no thought to about previously!

5. What work did you do as a graduate?

As previously mentioned, I was across the HR and Resourcing and Recruitment department when I first joined. I worked together with the Resource manager through the end to end recruitment process as well as assist with our HR manager to revamp aspects our induction program and help with their set up of a LMS. From there I worked as a Test Analyst for a client which involved UAT and development. My current engagement is as Project Coordinator/junior PM.

6. What has been the highlight of your career with IQ so far?

The people I’ve met has been definitely been the highlight. IQ invoke a very welcoming atmosphere and culture and everyone is always willing to take time to help you with anything you need. It doesn’t matter that you’re a graduate, I’ve never felt uncomfortable having to speak to anyone including senior staff if need be. There are so many great minds at IQ and you definitely learn a lot and feel supported along the way.

 

Min Han Chow

1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

Prior to joining IQ, I was studying towards a Masters of Finance at the University of New South Wales. I was also working part time during my studies as an analyst at Mainstreets Financials Equities, a boutique portfolio management firm.

2. What qualifications do you have?

Undergraduate: Double degree in Applied Mathematics and Finance

Postgraduate: Finance

Certificates obtained during work: Agile Scrum Master PSM Lv 1, Superannuation RG146

3. Have you used your qualifications / experience during your time in IQ?

As my work mirrors of a business analyst, I didn’t apply a lot of my finance or applied mathematics in my current job. However, what I did manage to apply was my ability to pick up concepts fast and the ability to learn new software skills.

4. Why did you apply for the graduate program in IQ?

I applied for the graduate program in IQ as I wanted to experience a career in consulting. I wanted to apply my problem-solving skills in different industries. IQ attracted me as they provided an interesting graduate program with chances to progress as a business analyst, or project manager.

5. What work did you do as a graduate?

I had two client involvements. The first client was Sunsuper where I supported them in their implementation of the 2017 Superannuation regulation changes. During that time, I have finished studied my RG146 in Superannuation, allowing me to be familiar with the superannuation concepts used during the job, such as calculating tax for reversionary pensions, transition to retirement pension and on death benefits.

My second client was at Ricewarner. I assisted Ricewarner as a junior business analyst in their implementation of an Insurance Comparator. During my time at Ricewarner, I learned a lot about Insurance such as linked covers, benefits and premiums. Furthermore, I also became proficient in SQL.

6. What has been the highlight of your career with IQ so far?

The highlight of my graduate program would be the training I received from IQ and the clients I was exposed to. I felt that the training provided by Katherine was very well done as it prepared me with the skills required in the workplace as a junior business analyst. I also enjoyed meeting new people and working with different clients.

 

Ashley Van Zuilekom

1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

Pursuing my professional rap career in LA…
No, but actually I was just finishing work as Peptide Synthesis Lab Tech Intern / Sales Rep and Receptionist at a Backpackers.

2. What qualifications do you have?

Prior to applying for the Graduate Program, as with most graduates my main qualification was my degree. In this case it happened to be a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.
It’s pretty depressing when you start out and have a relatively blank canvas in the resume ‘qualifications’ section, but really there was a lot that I didn’t recognise at the time.
I now know that working part/fulltime throughout University and much of high school in a busy, customer orientated and often high stress environment built most of the traits that hold me in good stead now, being; resilience in the face of adversity, time management and clear communication skills. Those soft skills are really neglected but at the end of the day, that is what you train when you get a qualification and that is also the tool kit you use to get the job done.
Since joining IQ, I am RG146 & ASFA Superannuation accredited, have completed the IQ Group South Africa Agile Bootcamp, DDLS Fast Start in Business Analysis, CMA: Consulting Essentials and PEGA Business Architecture courses, to name a few.
IQ Group has provided continuous, on the job training to set me up for success in Business Analysis, Agile/Scrum implementation and Peer Testing.
They also have an extensive suite of learning courses through LinkedIn Learning and the new HIQ Training Initiative and have promoted training in Excel, MS SQL, various coding languages, MS Project and Fund Admin Platforms (e.g. Aaspire and DST Registry).
This growth has been rewarded with 2 promotions from Graduate to Associate Consultant and recently to Consultant in <2.5 years.

3. Have you used your qualifications / experience during your time in IQ?

Most definitely, the skills that I learnt at university are super applicable in a corporate environment; being complex problem solving, (the dreaded) group work, eliciting and recording requirements and meticulous data entry.
Scientific methodical thinking is extremely applicable for analysts who have to explain their reasoning and being able to martial the troops in a uni project is very akin to what a scrum master does, except they can actually escape you / go AWOL at University…
I haven’t used much Chemistry knowledge but I think it can be said that all grads learn 95% of what they need to know on the job, and that goes for any career.

4. Why did you apply for the graduate program in IQ?

I mainly wanted to test my problem solving abilities and work for a company that I could be proud of; one with a strong team and core values. A small part was also not wanting to become a peg-legged pirate after spilling acid on myself in the lab (inevitable considering I’m a bit clumsy).

5. What work did you do as a graduate?

The work I did as a Graduate was extremely varied but always fast paced.
My first engagement involved shadowing an expert, senior (and Richmond loving) Project Manager at UniSuper who taught me the difference between textbook learning and applying knowledge in the real world. No doubt I would’ve been gunned down like a rabbit in headlights without his and other IQ Team members guidance. Here, I was able to assist with Project Planning, running stand-ups, attending strategic / project governance meetings and generally become part of the team.
The second client engagement was with an extremely large client, Link Group, completing one of the largest migrations fund migrations in Superannuation history… which sounded daunting but thankfully I only had a minor role among hundreds of Project members, so was able to learn the new client systems and reporting structure in a sheltered environment. Here I was involved in peer testing and data analysis using the clients internal systems and databases. Since then I have worked at 2 different client sites on a number of different Projects as a Business Analyst and Peer Tester.

6. What has been the highlight of your career with IQ so far?

I’d probably say becoming an SME at the client site and training new team members. It doesn’t happen overnight but there is definitely a strong sense of accomplishment when you become the go-to personal for a particular technology or process…. Even if that is because you are the last man standing!
Implementing a full suite of Business Intelligence Dashboards via a complex Analytics Platform and delivering a raft of digitalisation roadmap changes to senior management were also major highlights!

 

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