Achiever programme - Student FAQs

What skills are employers looking for?

Candidates will possess good communication skills, the ability to build strong relationships and work in teams, the ability to plan and organise tasks appropriately, analytical skills and find solutions to problems and a strong desire to work in the accounting industry.

How long do Achiever programme placements run for?

Student placements may run from 3 - 12 weeks between  – June – August (winter cohort) and November to February (summer cohort). Placement periods may vary based on both employer needs and student availability.

Do I get paid while on placement?

Yes, however the salary for student placements is at the discretion of employers and does vary firm to firm.

Can I apply for both cohorts?

Yes, you can apply to participate in both Achiever programme cohorts (winter and summer). However, applications for the summer cohort will be treated as an expression of interest. This means that if you apply for the summer cohort, you will be contacted to confirm your eligibility.

Contact will be maintained by CA ANZ until the end of August when you will be invited to go through the assessment and interview process in the lead up to starting placements from November onwards. 

If you are successful and participate in the Achiever programme winter cohort, you will still be required to go through the application process for the summer cohort. An exception to this is if an employer makes a request to have the same student from the winter cohort.

If you are offered a graduate role by one of our employers within the Achiever programme, then you will not be eligible for the next cohort.

Can I apply for the summer cohort if I am unsuccessful in the winter cohort?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria for the summer cohort, you will be invited to submit a new application form. 

Will I receive a job description?

No. You will not receive a job description for your placement, however an indication of what to expect and the type of work you will be doing will be given to you if you are successfully placed with an employer.

Where will it take place?

The Achiever programme is run across Australia and New Zealand. The placement locations will depend on the employers that are taking part in the Achiever programme.

Do I need working rights in Australia/New Zealand to apply?

You will need to have the right to work in Australia or New Zealand (depending on the region you are in) for a minimum of 20 hours per week. If you are an international student, you will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency with an overall minimum score requirement of IELTS 7.0, PTE 65, TOEFL 94 or CAE 185 or proof of completion of an English language pathway course.

Do I need to be a Permanent Resident?

To apply for the Achiever programme, you must have a visa that allows you to work for minimum of 20 hours per week.

It is not mandatory to have a Permanent Residency visa.

I am an international student from an English speaking country. Do I need to complete a language proficiency?

No, please email us at [email protected] to help you progress your application.

I am an international student studying at an Australian/New Zealand tertiary provider but I am currently located outside of Australia/New Zealand due to COVID restrictions. Can I apply?

As we do not know when travel will return to pre-COVID normality if you are located outside Australia or New Zealand at the moment you will not be able to apply. You need to be able to commit to a position in Australia/New Zealand  June – August (winter cohort) or November – January (summer cohort) which you are not able to do if you are located outside the country.

Already have a job – can I apply?

So as long as you are currently a penultimate or final year student undertaking tertiary studies in accounting in Australia or New Zealand then you are eligible to apply.

In your situation, you would need to talk with your current employer to determine your availability and whether there are any conflicts of interest in your completion of the Achiever programme.

If you are successful in progressing through to the final stages of the recruitment process, then this is also something that you would discuss directly with the employer that you interview with.

I am studying part time can I apply?

Yes. If you are a penultimate or final year student currently studying accounting, either full or part-time, at a tertiary institution in Australia or New Zealand. 

What is Psychometric testing?

Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates' suitability for a role based on the preferred personality type and skills required. As a part of the Achiever programme recruitment process, you will be required to complete cognitive abilities assessment and behavioural assessment. More information on psychometric testing.

More information on how to prepare for psychometric testing.