Indigenous Accountants Australia achieved a significant milestone this March, hosting the first ever cross-institution networking function for Indigenous university students studying business.
Indigenous business students from the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney came together with professionals and employers from well-known organisations to network and share their experiences.
Representatives from PwC Indigenous Consulting, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and AMP Capital were among the employers in attendance, marking the calibre of the event.
The purpose of the evening was to facilitate new and important connections for Indigenous undergraduate business students, as well as to offer thought provoking discussions to foster a sense of curiosity and motivation.
“It was great to get together with other students and to make new professional connections,” said Dylan Booth, second year UNSW Bachelor of commerce student who attended the event.
The event kicked off with a Welcome to Country by Gadigal elder, Uncle Allen Madden from the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council. This was followed by an interactive panel discussion with Phillipa McDermott, Head of Indigenous Employment and Diversity at the ABC, Lindon Coombes, Director of PWC’s Indigenous Consulting in NSW, Nathan Boyle, Analyst for ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach and final year commerce student Benjamin Eisikovich.
Each speaker added something very special to the evening, reflecting on their own journeys, what motivates them and the things they are passionate about, resonating quite powerfully with all in attendance.
“It was a great turnout and the students seemed to enjoy it which is the main thing,” commented panellist Nathan Boyle.
The panel also covered a range of topics, mainly focusing on the themes of identity, fostering a sense of community and discussing development pathways, including the many opportunities available to Indigenous undergraduates for work experience and graduate positions.
Sarah Hyland, UNSW Alumni and organiser of the Indigenous Accountants Australia networking evening said that she looks forward to this event growing and becoming an annual occurrence in Sydney.
“Events similar to this are likely to become a part of Indigenous Accountants Australia’s strategy to support Indigenous business students across the country,” she said.
Hear what some of the attendees got out of the event here: