Accounting Cadetships application

Accounting Cadetships application are now open. A cadetship with Saward Dawson enables VCE graduates and university students the opportunity to combine paid employment in the accounting profession with their tertiary accounting studies. Cadets are often able to excel in their studies through the provision of challenging and varied work experiences within a flexible working environment.

About Saward Dawson

Saward Dawson embraces a culture of professionalism, generosity and community focus.

Top benefits of joining Saward Dawson as an employee.

At Saward Dawson, we are genuine in the pursuit of the highest standards in professionalism and corporate ethics. We offer a wide range of services and opportunities for our staff to explore various aspects of the chartered accountancy profession, while still providing personalised care.

The program

Our Cadetship program is very flexible and usually runs over 4 years. It comprises a combination of full-time or part-time study with part-time work. We will work with you and agree the best options around your study program and work hours. Cadets will generally work three days per week with their university schedule taken into consideration. There may be the option to do additional hours of work while on holidays.

Our cadetship program is a wonderful opportunity to work and learn at the same time. Our aim is to work with you to establish a good balance between working and studying.


Our cadets get involved in the regular graduate and other training sessions provided to professional staff. In addition, cadets are provided on the job training within their allocated division being business advisory, taxation or audit. Cadets also attend our Back to Basics graduate training sessions.

Cadets, like the rest of our staff, have access to senior staff including managers and partners, if they have particular technical matters with which they need assistance. Additionally, we encourage cadets to utilise the firm’s technical and electronic resources if these can assist with their studies.

While you work

Cadets are trained and gain experience in many areas of business. Extensive use of the many different Information Technology packages is a routine part of life at Saward Dawson. The ability to learn whilst in the work environment should accelerate your progress in tertiary studies and will make them more relevant.

We support you

Cadets are provided with a mentoring process that involves regular catchups with a senior staff member to discuss work commitments and other relevant topics. Additionally, they have a formal feedback session every six months with a manager and partner to assess their progress.

Work requirements

We are flexible with the hours worked during your studies and require cadets to work a minimum of three days per week (approximately 23 hours) throughout their cadetship term. This can be spread out over four days. We reassess our expectations at the beginning of each semester to align with university schedules as much as possible.

Obtaining the right balance

Flexibility is the key to ensuring your success both on the job and in your studies. Your academic success is important to us and we will support you to ensure the right balance and scheduling of your work and study commitments.

Our expectations

We expect the following of our cadets:

  • Cadets will dedicate sufficient efforts to their studies to ensure they obtain a high standard of academic achievement.
  • Cadets will work a minimum of three days per week (approximately 23 hours). This may be increased to full time during university holidays and other times when available. Normal office hours are 8.30 – 5.30 with an hour for lunch which equates to a standard 38 hour week.
  • Cadets will progress to a level of junior accountants and beyond as they are provided with work experience and as they develop academically.

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team. If you are interested in this opportunity, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Accounting Cadetships Application

To apply for a cadet role at Saward Dawson, please send your CV and an introductory letter to;

Your introductory letter should include;

  • Why you are interested in working at Saward Dawson
  • Your latest academic transcript
  • Your working rights (student visa, p-r or citizenship)
  • Your availability for working at our offices in Blackburn