Dillon

Manager, Macquarie Asset Management, London
University of New South Wales: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Describe your typical day.

The great thing about working at Macquarie is that there are very few routine or repetitive days. I could be responding to overnight emails, putting together reports and models or meeting with clients and other divisions.

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What is the greatest challenge you face in your current role and how do you overcome it?

The most challenging yet enjoyable part is the need to learn about new areas and develop a deep understanding of them very quickly. My team is a hub for innovation and new ideas. I’m really enjoying the challenge of being open to new concepts and agile in adapting to new situations.

How would you describe the people you work with?

I work with a diverse range of highly experienced and knowledgeable people, including finance professionals, lawyers, engineers, doctors and scientists.

What attracted you to Macquarie?

Macquarie’s reputation and its worldwide presence were the main areas of appeal when I was a student. There is potential for me to work and travel abroad but I also liked the idea of working for a global company that is headquartered in Australia.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

I enjoy rugby, cricket and motorsports, as well as reading and travelling. There have been many instances where I have been trying to solve a problem and taking some time to exercise has helped me refresh and solve the problem.

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Bianca

Vice President, Macquarie Capital, Hong Kong
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law

Describe your typical day.

The work I do is so diverse that every day is interesting and never dull. My days consist of conference calls, brainstorming sessions, meetings with clients, lawyers and accountants, drafting presentations, financial analysis and company research.

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Explain your career journey at Macquarie.

I started as a graduate in the Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment and Technology group in Macquarie Capital in Sydney. From day one, I was given real responsibilities and opportunities to work on ideas and transactions and to advise clients. The learning curve has been tremendous.

As a global organisation, Macquarie has been a great place for me to gain international experience, as well as take on new roles. I have now moved to Hong Kong to work in the Principal Investments group in Macquarie Capital. I’m in a brand new city, ready for new challenges.

How would you describe the people you work with?

The people I work with make all the difference. I see it as the single most important factor in job satisfaction, to be able to work with a group of intelligent, driven, hardworking, motivated and fun people. There is a strong team bond.

Most of my colleagues joined Macquarie as graduates, they know and understand the program and spend a lot of time mentoring new graduates. Many senior executives came to Macquarie as graduates and they are a great role model.

Do you get to give back to the community?

I was involved with the Project Hammer charity visit to Cambodia through the Macquarie Group Foundation, where I helped raise funds and build houses for children with HIV/AIDS.

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David

Vice President, Macquarie Capital, London
University of Adelaide: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law

Describe your typical day.

There is definitely no typical day here. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities. My tasks have ranged from traditional financial analysis to taking international investors on mine site tours in remote Queensland.

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Explain your career journey at Macquarie.

I started as a summer intern with the resources team in Melbourne and joined the same team as a graduate the following year.

Because Macquarie is a global business, I have worked on an oil and gas transaction with our Canadian resources team and resources infrastructure transactions with the Sydney infrastructure and debt capital markets teams. I am now on rotation with the Melbourne infrastructure team, allowing me to further expand my skill set.

How would you describe the people you work with?

The people in my team have diverse skills and backgrounds. There are chemical engineers, chartered accountants and law/finance graduates. We each bring our particular expertise to a project and work together as a team to deliver the best result.

What is your top tip for success?

My top tip is to identify your particular skill set and build on your strengths. Developing specialist expertise will make you a highly valued team member.

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Christina

Manager, Financial Management Group, London
University of New South Wales: Bachelor of Commerce

Describe your role and responsibilities.

I work in the Financial Management Group supporting the Principal Investments business in Macquarie Capital. My focus is debt and equity financing for companies and funds worldwide.

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What attracted you to join Macquarie?

I’d heard many good things about Macquarie – the high-calibre people, dynamic nature of the work and abundance of opportunities. I was impressed by the Financial Management Group’s graduate program as it rotates through the different areas of accounting within Macquarie. I gained valuable experience and knowledge which allowed me to form a better idea of the kind of work I wanted to do on a permanent basis.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your role?

From day one, I was given responsibility and my managers trusted me to produce quality work. I had an immediate sense of ownership about my work and career. This is something that sets Macquarie apart from other companies.

What makes you successful at Macquarie?

Asking questions and being interested in more than just ‘getting the job done’ is important here. As the business is constantly evolving, being able to pick things up quickly and adapting easily are keys to achieving success.

How do you balance work and personal commitments?

My managers have been very understanding of my extra-curricular commitments and have encouraged me to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

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Thomas

Vice President, Macquarie Capital, New York

What is your role?

I work in Macquarie Capital’s Latin America team with a focus on infrastructure advisory and principle transactions in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil.

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

I work in a small team in a fast-paced environment. You need to be organized and methodical to stay on top of everything that is going on. Spanish fluency is also necessary given our focus on Latin America.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your role?

The two things I enjoy most are the variety of projects and transactions that we work on, as well as the opportunity to travel around Latin America.

Describe one of your best experiences (so far) at Macquarie.

I recently went on a site visit in the Colombian jungle that involved a seven-hour car ride through some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen. The trip involved meeting indigenous communities and crossing Indiana Jones-style bridges in the jungle. It was something I never expected to do in finance.

What is your top tip for success?

Be friendly and speak up. I think people are intimidated when they first speak with more senior members of the group. If you have a question, just ask. The people who learn and progress quickly are the ones who develop good working relationships with colleagues at every level.

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Marvin

Manager, Risk Management Group, New York

What is your role?

I assess the credit risk on lending and trading transactions with hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds and financial institutions.

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

You need great attention to detail, as well as drive and discipline. You also need to be able to think analytically and critically and manage multiple tasks and assignments.

What attracted you to join Macquarie?

I was interested in working at a specialist financial services firm which was well respected in the market.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your role?

I have so many opportunities to grow and expand my skill set while working with some incredibly smart people.

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Eliza

Associate, Commodities and Global Markets, Hong Kong
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce

What is your role?

I work in the Derivatives Delta One business, providing tailored financing solutions to clients through the use of structured equity and derivative products.

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What attracted you to join Macquarie?

I was attracted by the fact that Macquarie is globally recognised, with a strong culture of teamwork.

How is your career progressing?

In less than two years at Macquarie, I have been exposed to multiple business areas, teams and global market places. I have gained so much experience and have already been promoted twice. I am very excited about the future, wherever in the world it may take me.

What do you value most about your experience at Macquarie?

I value what I have learnt from supportive colleagues around me, as well as from the wider Macquarie global network.

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Yao

Vice President, Macquarie Capital, Beijing

What is your role?

I work within the Macquarie Capital business working closely with the China and Hong Kong sector and product teams to help Chinese clients with overseas capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and other capital market activities.

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What attracted you to join Macquarie? 

I was attracted to join Macquarie as it has an entrepreneurial spirit. I started as an intern and was offered a graduate position upon finishing my studies.

How would you describe Macquarie’s culture?

In my view, Macquarie has a non-hierarchical structure and this has allowed me to easily communicate with senior people within the organisation. They have encouraged me to take ownership of my work, step up when I need to, and be accountable.

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Lucy

Executive, Financial Management Group, Sydney
University of Technology Sydney: Bachelor of Accounting

What attracted you to join Macquarie?

Macquarie’s reputation as a graduate employer and the Financial Management Group’s rotation program were the key drivers that led me to apply for a role at Macquarie. The rotation program provided me with an excellent opportunity to work across the group and to develop an extensive network.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of your role?

For me personally, it is being able to contribute in a meaningful way to the teams I have worked in. I have been entrusted with tasks and been held accountable for the work I have produced. This allows me to gain access to senior leadership and is what sets Macquarie apart from other employers.

How has your career evolved at Macquarie?

I began at Macquarie as an intern in the Finance team supporting our Banking and Financial Services division. From day one I was encouraged to be an active member of the team and given meaningful, challenging work. It was with the support of the team that I accepted a role in the graduate program and I still regularly seek advice and support from members of the team.

Do you get to give back to the community?

I am a member of the Graduate Volunteer Network which is dedicated towards supporting charities through fundraising and volunteering. I have helped to organise a black tie ball in aid of our chosen charity. It was an excellent opportunity to collaborate not only with other graduates, but also with senior leadership in order to gain support for the event.

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Kris

Analyst, Commodities and Global Markets, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)

What is your role?

I work in Commodities and Global Markets Trading where I build a number of technological trading aids and front ends.

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

As the projects I work on require a combination of mathematics and programming I believe strong problem solving skills are key.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your role?

Working through problems and then watching the solutions rolled out to the trading desks in final applications and projects is very rewarding. Sometimes these issues have taken weeks or even months to resolve.

How has your career evolved at Macquarie?

I started at Macquarie on an 8-week internship that began in the summer of 2013. At the completion of that internship I was offered a part-time role while finishing my university studies. I am now working full-time, which is a great opportunity.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

As a child I enjoyed mathematics so I wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. I have been lucky that working at Macquarie has allowed me to continue to follow my interests in ways that I had not previously considered.

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Sam

Analyst, Macquarie Capital, Melbourne
University of Melbourne: Bachelor of Commerce

What is your role?

I am responsible for the research, design and creation of a range of commercial materials for our clients. My day can include building a financial model, presenting technical analysis, meeting with lawyers or accountants, examining transactional issues or creating investor presentations.

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

It is important to have energy and commitment, be strongly driven and have a keen interest in financial markets. In my role I have developed strong technical skills, commercial knowledge and transaction experience which has helped me to succeed.

What attracted you to join Macquarie?

I was attracted by Macquarie’s reputation. Macquarie is widely known as one of Australia’s leading innovators, with a history of cultivating success. Personally there was a strong cultural fit and I believed that the work would continue to challenge and motivate me.

Do you get to give back to the community?

The Macquarie Group Foundation offers numerous opportunities for staff members to give back to the community. In 2014, our 5-man Movember team raised over $7,000, which was generously matched by the Foundation resulting in a $14,000 donation towards a number of men’s health initiatives.

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Anne

Senior Analyst, Risk Management Group, New York

What attracted you to join Macquarie?

The opportunity to work with well-versed, successful industry professionals who are willing to share their knowledge.

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What advice would you give to students joining Macquarie?

Take advantage of the access you have to senior management- ask questions, seek answers, and learn best practices.

Do you get to give back to the community?

I have attended Macquarie Group Foundation community services events with my colleagues both in and out of the office. The Foundation has also matched my contributions to a charity of personal significance.

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Marie

Executive, Macquarie Asset Management, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce 

What attracted you to join Macquarie?

I was attracted to Macquarie because of its long-standing reputation as a global leader in infrastructure. The opportunity to work in asset management and on the buy side of transactions at such a junior level was also attractive

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

Good communication skills are an essential part of my role as I have to deal with diverse stakeholders both internally and externally. Time management skills are also crucial as I sit across different teams and can be involved in a variety of different projects. A good work ethic, a desire to learn and strong financial modelling and analytical skills are also important.

Describe one of your best experiences at Macquarie.

Since starting at Macquarie I have had the opportunity to work on different transactions with senior executives. This has been a great experience as I have been able to witness how the different divisions at Macquarie interact. I am impressed by the cross-team collaboration of people locally and globally who bring along their diverse skills to get the work done.

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Shelley

Executive, Corporate and Asset Finance Group, Sydney
University of New South Wales: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Honours)

How have you used what you learnt at university?

The theory was less relevant whereas a lot of it was learning on the job. One thing that did assist me in my role was the data analytics research I completed in my honours year which I still use today. My internships also helped me gain a better understanding of the corporate culture and what is expected of me.

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What do you do in your current role?

My role is to assist our Corporate and Asset Finance (CAF) business streams with the origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions transactions and new business opportunities. My responsibilities include financial modelling, creating presentations and proposals to present to various business leaders and engage with various parts of Macquarie such as Risk and Legal.

I've also had the opportunity to research and write a proposal for an online platform which has since been implemented into the business. It's very diverse and interesting and allows me to get involved in a variety of tasks.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

We're encouraged to expand our personal interests and are encouraged to take on new opportunities as they arise.  I've been able to travel to the US for 2 separate projects which has been a great experience as a graduate to understand the differences between the regions, as well as meeting international team members. I've also managed to complete a yoga instructor course and the Oxfam trail walk outside of work.

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Nicola

Analyst, Risk Management Group, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Law/Commerce

What is your role?

I assess regulatory risk on new products and businesses, maintain dialogue with the prudential regulator and develop risk mitigation strategies by working collaboratively with stakeholders across the organisation.

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

Strong analytical and problem solving skills, drive, interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively.

What do you value most about your experience at Macquarie?

In my experience there is strong encouragement and opportunity for personal and professional development and this is invaluable for someone like myself in the early stages of their career.

What makes you successful at Macquarie?

Macquarie is an organisation where you have the ability to drive your own success and create your own opportunities for development. The concept of success is different for everyone but it is important to be proactive, take ownership of your work and actively utilise the resources around you.

What advice would you give to students joining Macquarie?

Be open minded to new tasks and experiences as they are opportunities for you to learn new skills or further develop existing ones. Where an opportunity arises, take ownership of it and work collaboratively to deliver high quality results. 

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Brendan

Executive, Financial Management Group, Sydney
University of New South Wales: Bachelor of Commerce

What is your role?

I work in the Group Treasury Funding team. My role is focused on raising funds for Macquarie’s businesses through the issuance of bonds, or alternatively, through the execution of securitised transactions in global debt markets. These companies have funding requirements that they need to fulfil so as to operate effectively and as a team we look to solve for that demand.

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What skills and attributes are required for your role?

An understanding of debt markets and fixed interest securities provide a great foundation for Group Treasury Funding. An interest in financial markets is also key.

What do you value most about your experience at Macquarie?

I value most the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment. Macquarie has presented me with an array of different and interesting challenges that has allowed me to learn as much as I can while taking on new responsibilities. The experience I have gained here so far has provided me with a solid foundation from which to build my career.

What advice would you give to students joining Macquarie?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out new opportunities to learn. Ensure that you are enthusiastic and committed to your role. Be thorough with your work and look to take on new responsibilities.

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Joanna

Associate, Macquarie Capital, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law

What is your role?

I am an analyst in Macquarie Capital's Industrials team in Sydney. On a typical day, my responsibilities include financial analysis, research, pulling together presentations for clients or internal meetings and anything else required for a transaction or pitch.

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What are the most rewarding aspects of your role?

That even at a graduate level, I am making a tangible contribution that leads to positive outcomes for the business and the client.

How would you describe Macquarie's culture?

Dynamic, diverse and inclusive. There is a strong bond within teams and the work environment is conducive to collaborating with colleagues.

How do you balance work and personal commitments?

One of the most important things I've learnt, and am still learning, is how to be efficient with my time both in and out of the office. I find that with proper planning and prioritising, I have been able to balance work and play.

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Jacqueline

Associate Manager, Banking and Financial Services Group, Sydney
University of Technology Sydney: Bachelor of Business

Had you ever considered a career in finance before working at Macquarie?

I hadn't really considered finance as a career but once I learnt more about the different teams and the variety of opportunities available at Macquarie, I realised it was something I wanted to do.

 

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What surprised you most about working here?

I was surprised at the level of autonomy and accountability that I was given over my own tasks. As an intern, I wasn't just there to do administrative tasks and I was supported in the work I did.

How have you used your degree in your current role?

I use the accounting skills on a daily basis when reviewing financial statements for various businesses. I'm now managing staff and the human resources component has assisted in this, along with general communication and relationship building.

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Dillon

Manager, Macquarie Asset Management, London
University of New South Wales: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Describe your typical day.

The great thing about working at Macquarie is that there are very few routine or repetitive days. I could be responding to overnight emails, putting together reports and models or meeting with clients and other divisions.

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What is the greatest challenge you face in your current role and how do you overcome it?

The most challenging yet enjoyable part is the need to learn about new areas and develop a deep understanding of them very quickly. My team is a hub for innovation and new ideas. I’m really enjoying the challenge of being open to new concepts and agile in adapting to new situations.

How would you describe the people you work with?

I work with a diverse range of highly experienced and knowledgeable people, including finance professionals, lawyers, engineers, doctors and scientists.

What attracted you to Macquarie?

Macquarie’s reputation and its worldwide presence were the main areas of appeal when I was a student. There is potential for me to work and travel abroad but I also liked the idea of working for a global company that is headquartered in Australia.

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

I enjoy rugby, cricket and motorsports, as well as reading and travelling. There have been many instances where I have been trying to solve a problem and taking some time to exercise has helped me refresh and solve the problem.

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Brendan

Sales Graduate, Commodities and Financial Markets, London

What is your role?

I am a shift trader in charge of trading, dispatching and operating three UK power stations.

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What attracted you to join Macquarie?

Macquarie was an easy choice for me. I always wanted to work within commodities and I was attracted to the trading house mentality Macquarie offered.

How would you describe the people you work with?

From my experience, people at Macquarie are highly intelligent, driven and come from a number of different backgrounds and industries. I have found people to be approachable and encouraging of graduates joining the organisation.

How has your career evolved at Macquarie?

My graduate career has evolved very quickly. I am given responsibility for my own projects. I have a real sense of ownership at Macquarie.

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Mamun

Associate, Commodities and Global Markets, London 

What is your role?

I work on the Agricultural trading desk in Commodities and Global Markets. My team focuses on soft commodities such as sugar, coffee, cocoa and cotton. We work with marketers to structure and execute deals for our clients.

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What attracted you to join Macquarie?

I liked the fact that I was immediately able to join a trading desk through the graduate programme.

What skills and attributes are required for your role?

You need to be analytical, able to think quickly and make good judgment calls in a fast-paced environment. It is also important to possess good communication skills as you’ll be working with the marketers and salespeople to help structure deals.

How would you describe Macquarie's culture?

There is an emphasis on collaboration and, in my experience, less of a workplace hierarchy. This allows junior staff to easily interact with the more senior staff. Your views and ideas are heard and valued.

How would you describe the people you work with?

The people I’ve worked with have been tremendously helpful in accelerating my learning. It’s very easy to approach senior people and ask questions. In fact, it is actively encouraged.

How do you give back to the community?

Every year, the Graduate Volunteer Network holds events to raise funds for their chosen charity. This year, I chaired the network and we held a World Cup sweepstake and a kitsch jumper event around Christmas.

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Mickael

Manager, Corporate and Asset Finance Group, London

What is your role?

I am in the Energy Leasing team and my role is mainly in assisting the team with developing, analysing and executing asset finance transactions in the utilities/energy sector.

In the UK, Macquarie Energy Leasing is the largest independent owner of gas and electricity meters with a portfolio of 7 million meters.

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What attracted you to join Macquarie?

Macquarie has substantial experience and expertise in the global infrastructure sector which I find extremely interesting as transactions are often complex, large and high profile. I also liked how multicultural and international Macquarie is, for example I am a Frenchman, living in London working for an Australian firm.

How would you describe the people you work with?

The people I work with are a key part of my experience at Macquarie. People on the team are experienced bankers and all have different professional and personal backgrounds. I have learnt a lot from them, especially from my mentors, who spend a lot of time and effort coaching me and explaining things.

What do you value most about your experience at Macquarie?

Working at a successful organisation such as Macquarie has provided me the opportunity to gain transaction experience in the infrastructure sector. I have been working on live deals from day one. I believe this is the most valuable thing you can get as an analyst.

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Caitlin

Analyst, Commodities and Global Markets, London
Oxford University: Philosophy, Politics & Economics 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to go sailing and horse riding. I also play netball and tag rugby for Macquarie

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Why did you apply for the intern programme?

I wanted to know what it would be like to work in the financial services industry and thought this would give me a good flavour for what to expect.

What was your first week like?

My first week was spent in induction. It was great to get a real understanding of the business as a whole. I was given responsibility as soon as I got down to the floor. I’ve also done a rotation across different desks, which has given me a good insight into the business areas.

What’s the culture like?

The culture is amazing. People are happy to talk to you and will take the time to go through things with you. I’ve felt able to ask questions and it’s made a difference to my experience here.

What have you enjoyed most during your internship?

I’ve really enjoyed being involved from the outset with live deals and transactions. We have to do presentations at the end of our placement and I’m researching a new commodity. It’s great to know that we’re not just doing a presentation for the sake of it. It could make a difference to the business and add value.

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Caroline

Associate, Macquarie Capital, London
Oxford University: History and economics

What do you love about your role?

You'll get involved right from the beginning on the projects that the team working on. You're involved in real work.

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What's it like working at Macquarie?

It's friendly and very open in terms of who you get to work with and how you work. Macquarie is a very motivating place to work, because right at the beginning you are told this is your career and you need to take ownership of it.

Tell us about your first day at Macquarie?

I did an internship here nearly three years ago, so my first day was slightly terrifying, but it was a day where everyone was all smiles and very welcoming. From day one senior staff are bringing you into all the team meetings and getting you up to speed on the kind of deals you're going to be doing.

What would be the one tip that you would give people applying for the graduate programme?

Be yourself. Macquarie wants to see that you have the skills, that you have been involved in different things, but I think the most important thing is you’ve got to be yourself and we want to see the real you.

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Timothy

Executive, Macquarie Asset Management, London
Cambridge University: Land Economy

What do you love about your role?

My role is very varied because of the diverse nature of our business and the clients. We have four European infrastructure funds and we go out to our investor base, which is made up of pension funds, insurance companies and Sovereign Wealth Funds, to raise money for these funds. We then invest that money into infrastructure assets in Europe, so for example that may be airports, toll roads, gas networks or utilities. This really means we invest in a whole variety of companies across a different range of geographies and sectors, which really keeps the job exciting and different day-to-day. 

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What was your first day like?

My first day in the office was quite scary to be honest. The culture here is very good; my boss took me out for lunch and colleagues took the time to explain the company to me, which really helped me to settle in. I work with a good team and there are a lot of people around me who helped me from the beginning, making me feel at home straight away.

What's it like working at Macquarie?

One of the best things about working here is the open structure of the company. I sit on a pod with two managing directors and from a very early stage I was exposed to a lot of high level meetings with investors, doing a lot of important work. I think being able to have that responsibility from day one is really something that I have enjoyed. I was given the opportunity to step up to the challenge and felt that I was making a contribution to the company from an early stage.

What would be the one tip that you would give people applying for the grad programme? 

Make sure that you do a lot of research about the company, about the role you want to go into and the division. This really helps for you to understand where you want to work and  gives you a better chance of getting into the graduate programme.

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Nicole

Senior Analyst, Risk Management Group, London
University of Birmingham: Economics & London School of Economics: Master of Economics

What do you love about your role?

There are two aspects to my role. The first aspect is to review banks and funds to ensure that Macquarie is comfortable with the credit limits set against the counter party in order to ensure that the company is able to meet its obligations. The second aspect is more on a trade-by-trade basis. The trading desk will come through to us with a trade they would like to do but may be outside of Macquarie’s risk appetite. We then liaise with senior members of credit as well as the desk to see if Macquarie should actually participate in a transaction.

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Tell us about your first day at Macquarie?

I was nervous, but excited at the same time, to meet my new colleagues. I was excited to get stuck into work and find out more about my team, what they do and what my day-to-day role would be.

What's it like working at Macquarie?

Macquarie is a great place to work. You get a lot of responsibility from day one and senior colleagues value your input. I like the meritocratic culture whereby if you work hard you are rewarded, it does pay off and you are extremely proud of the work that you’ve achieved.  

What would be the one tip that you would give people applying for the graduate programme?

Research is key. Whether it’s about Macquarie, the industry or specifically for the role that you are applying for research is important in your role in the banking industry.  

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Rich

Senior Manager, Corporate and Asset Finance Group, Sydney
Queensland University of Technology: Bachelor of Commerce/Law (Finance/Accounting)

What surprised you most about working here?

As a graduate I was invited to meetings with the CEO, so the inclusion of junior members right through to senior members was a nice surprise and offered a valuable experience. Macquarie has a culture of sharing  ideas from everyone and not just the senior members of a team. I recently pitched an idea to senior members of my team and two weeks later, I was in New York pursuing that opportunity. Macquarie offers an environment of fostering ideas, challenging work and being surrounded by intelligent and supportive people.

 

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Do you have much interaction with the other business groups?

In my role I work with the Banking and Financial Services Group, Commodities and Global Markets (CGM), Macquarie Capital and Macquarie Asset Management. Our clients benefit from various parts of Macquarie working together to offer them a broad complementary suite of solutions and enhanced global reach.

Have you ever had the opportunity to work overseas in your role?

There are some great international opportunities within CAF. In my role I have travelled to in San Francisco and New York to attend industry conferences and meetings with clients. I also had the opportunity to work in New York for two months while working on a project which was a fantastic experience.

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Daniel

Associate Director, Banking and Financial Services Group, Sydney
University of Wollongong: Bachelor of Commerce

Why did you decide to apply for a role at Macquarie?

I attended a careers day at university where there was a presentation from a number of businesses in Macquarie including Business Banking. The role seemed like an interesting way to apply analytical skills and solutions to clients, who are often undertaking transactions that significantly impact their business.

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How did you prepare for your interview?

I made sure I had a good understanding of the organisation - what it does, how it operates and how it has changed and developed over the past years. Having a keen interest in the role is very important.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy that it's not a predetermined mould here in terms of career progression; your career is what you make it. I enjoy a mix of analytical and client communication and I've never felt that I've had to conform to a pre-determined plan of what the progression in my role will look like. Some people in my team have moved overseas into different roles, moved into other teams such as sales, credit, product etc. You have the opportunity to hone in what you're interested in and passionate about in the workplace.  I have also found that it's important to constantly ask questions on how you can improve and develop.

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Jamie

Associate Manager, Banking and Financial Services Group, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce

Why did you choose your degree?

I always loved maths, problem solving and physics. I wanted to learn as much as possible at University and get experience across a few different areas to help me to understand more about my career options.

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How have you used what you learned at University in your role at Macquarie?

I definitely learnt presentation skills- in my role every meeting is like a mini presentation where you need to get a clear message to your stakeholders. I also learnt problem solving, about how to find a solution to a problem in the most creative way and how to deal with the pressure of having deliverables. 

What was your biggest concern before you started?

I had concerns about a lack of work-life balance, however what I found is that there is great flexibility in terms of hours, where you can work from and that it’s really about your output and enthusiasm. 

What has surprised you most about working at MGL?

Everything surprised me as I didn’t know what to expect. There have been many more opportunities to get involved in charity work than I thought. I have personally helped to organise 2 charity events in 2 years and I’ve had a lot of support from Macquarie. 

What does your current role involve?

When Macquarie creates a great personal banking product that customers can benefit from, it’s my job to identify which customers would benefit the most, suggest how we should communicate with them and what encouragement they need to consider banking with Macquarie.

Have you ever moved roles internally?

Since joining, I moved from Wealth Management to Personal Banking - I had a lot of support from my manager and from HR. When I heard about the role, I was able to be open with my manager and let them know I was interested, which gave me the confidence to apply.

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Fiona

Associate, Banking and Financial Services Group, Sydney
Central Queensland University: Bachelor of Information Technology

What does your current role involve?

In my current role I work with developers, testers and architects to find solutions to software issues and upgrades. My main responsibility is to document requirements and prioritise the issues according to their level of impact.

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How would you say that you have used your University studies in your current role?

At university I learned the basics of programming languages and while I haven’t necessarily used it, it’s helped me understand the terminology and how developers provide solutions. 

What was your biggest concern before starting?

My biggest concern was going to a meeting and not having the right information or forgetting something. This dissipates quickly when you realise your team wants to help you to learn and would prefer that you ask questions. 

What surprised you most about your internship?

As an intern I learned a lot about the focus on diversity and culture at Macquarie and it’s something I’m also passionate about. From my internship experience I was also impressed by the level of professionalism and respect which led me to converting to the graduate program. 

Have you had much involvement with the Macquarie Foundation as yet?

I have recently been involved in a volunteering opportunity with Macquarie to mentor high school students. It’s great to know that you have the support of your team and manager to help you grow professionally and culturally.

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Kate

Senior Analyst, Banking and Financial Services Group, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce and Arts (Finance, Accounting and Political Economy)

What does your current role involve?

I look at the lending needs of SMEs and help them achieve their business goals. I will look at their financial data for the business and come up with a valuation of the business, how much we are willing to lend and whether they can afford it.

 

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What surprised you most about working here?

There is such a strong focus on diversity and inclusion here. From day one I've felt like my input has been valued.

What's been your biggest challenge since working with Macquarie?

My biggest challenge has been trying to decide where I want to focus my career. There’s so much opportunity and you’re given the ability to explore a variety of options.

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Katherine

Credit Analyst, Corporate and Asset Finance Group, Sydney
University of Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Marketing)

How did you prepare for your interview?

I focused less on preparing standard answers and tried to ensure I understood Macquarie and why I wanted to work here and what it was in particular that Macquarie was doing that was of interest to me. This gave my managers insight into what I’m interested in and where I should potentially take my career.

 

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What's the best thing about working in the Shelley Street office?

The space I work in is very open. I hadn’t hot desked before but I’ve enjoyed being able to move around and work more collaboratively.

How do you feel your degree has helped you in your current role?

The content itself hasn’t necessarily applied but learning how to manage time and demands at university has definitely been transferrable by being involved in societies, work, etc. I now know how to better prioritise and manage time and expectations with colleagues.

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George

Business Analyst, Banking and Financial Services Group, Sydney
University of Technology Sydney: Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science and Information Technology

What did you want to do when you graduated?

Business and technology were two areas that really interested me at school. I could see myself working in an industry related to either subject, but I had no idea what this would look like. Financial technologies interested me and securing a role in the financial services industry related to this specialism ticked both boxes.

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How have you used what you learned at University in your role at MGL?

I have definitely used more of the analytical and critical thinking in my current role, as well as having an understanding of technology and business, which helps when dealing with people from both backgrounds. 

What has surprised you most about working at Macquarie?

I was really surprised to see Macquarie’s involvement in the start-up space, for example the representation at meet-ups and the drive for innovation. Macquarie hosts events where they encourage innovative speakers, share market trends and showcase new technologies. 

What does your current role involve?

I am a Business Analyst as part of the payments team. I’m responsible for the development of the bank’s payment capabilities across BFS. My role can be split across multiple projects at any one time- working with external vendors, delivering most up to date technology for clients in the payments space and innovating creating efficiencies within the business.

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