2020 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 for 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 2020 Graduate Program are now open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Graduate Program, commencing in February 2020.

Graduates must have completed a Commerce, Business, IT, Engineering or other recognized degrees by February 2020.

In addition, we are looking for people who are:

  • Highly motivated and energetic.
  • Highly analytical and a critical thinker with excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Outstanding communicator (both written and oral) and a team player with excellent listening skills.
  • Passionate about providing service excellence to customers and providing proactive solutions.
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritise quickly and effectively.

 

How To Apply:

Applications for our 2020 Graduate Program are now open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Graduate Program, commencing in February 2020. Graduates must have completed a Commerce, Business, IT, Engineering or other recognized degrees by February 2020.

    Applications should include a cover letter and resume addressing the key characteristics of the role. Send your application 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:

    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.

     

     

     

    carmen yang

    1. What were you doing before joining IQ?

    I was studying a Master of Commerce at the University of Auckland.

    2. What qualifications do you have?

    Master of Commerce (with First Class Honours) majoring in Global Management & Innovation.

    Master research thesis: Re-evaluating Guanxi’s Significance in China.

    Bachelor of Commerce double major in International Business & Marketing.

    Financial Product Advice (RG146 – Superannuation).

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

    I have used most of the soft and hard skills I learned at University at client sites. How to think critically and analytically was a skill I developed during my four years of University. This has helped me immensely as a BA to think in a logical and analytical manner to problem solve for clients. Time management and multi-tasking is also an important skill I learned, as it has helped me juggle multiple projects and deadline at client sites.

    Some of the more technical skills I learned at University were excel and statistical software (e.g., SPSS), basic coding in python, javascript and HTML (it has been really beneficial as an IT BA as I am able to understand how the system works and solution design for some IT functionalities). My background in marketing and Adobe Cloud (mostly InDesign and Photoshop) has also come in handy when designing wireframes for the client.

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

    After several consulting projects at University, I found my passion for helping businesses become better, and as I come from an International Business background I wanted to consult in an industry related to wealth services. I actually read on the program that IQ offers a range of additional training to upskill throughout your career which is great for me as I enjoy on the job training and hands-on learning.

    5. What work did you do as a graduate?

    As 2019 is the year the IQ Pat Baker foundation officially became a private foundation, we aided in the strategic execution of potential fundraising ideas. We came up with a fun and interactive way of raising money for the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. The idea is to challenge a fellow IQer to give up a guilty pleasure and if they fail they have to donate to the foundation. We named it “Pause for a Cause”. We presented it to the board and then at our monthly IQT meetings and officially challenged some of the executive team to be the first ones involved. It was really fun seeing the rivalry in the team and at the same time helping raise money for the foundation.

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

    Meeting a range of different people and learning from them. As IQ has a lot of experienced consultants in Superannuation, it has been a great learning opportunity hearing the work they do and what it takes to be an excellent consultant.

     

    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 the 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 the 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 a 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 a 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.

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