Accounting Student Opportunities


Start your accounting career at a firm making a positive impact.


Commence your career early with paid, part time, professional work while you study.

Vacation Work

Gain experience at a chartered accounting firm during your university break.

Training and Development

Saward Dawson is a dynamic chartered accountancy firm and we offer many accounting student opportunities. We have a strong team culture that exists to serve the needs of others. We do this by employing great people who share a similar ethos and aspire to deliver excellence. This enables our team of over 80 staff to deliver services in the areas of audit & assurance, business advisory, wealth advisory, personal taxation, superannuation, not-for-profit and business taxation and consulting.
Each of our staff members are involved in ongoing professional development and an active in-house mentoring program.

Graduate Program

Start your professional career at Saward Dawson in the Graduate Accountants Program.

We are looking for new team members (graduates recently completed or near completion) with an accounting major who are looking to start an exciting and dynamic career in advising and assisting clients in business, not-for-profit entities and individuals.

Our comprehensive training program will nurture your technical skills and we will provide opportunities to work with clients and gain experience by working directly with senior members of the firm. We will ensure that you will have the chance to develop all the professional competencies necessary to become a proficient Chartered Accountant.

Apply now to start your career at Saward Dawson.


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.

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.

Vacation Work

We are able to offer vacation work to Uni students over the end of year period and during semester breaks.

Depending on the circumstances, students may be appointed to a single team or move around to various teams.

You will work normal office hours, five days a week and have many opportunities to get involved.


“Working at Saward Dawson and interacting with clients has largely developed my knowledge and given me a mindset that I could not have learnt anywhere else.”

Matthew McLoughlinCadet

“Working as a cadet at Saward Dawson has allowed me to gain hands-on work experience and develop essential employability skills. The purposeful work which creates significant social impacts, as well as a team of amazing colleagues further contributes to what makes my cadetship an invaluable experience.”

Tiffany PhamCadet

“Applying the knowledge and skills you have learned from university and life experiences to real business issues faced by people is a satisfying experience. While there are challenges, there is support to help you through them and grow as a professional.”

Jakob JonesGraduate

“The graduate program has been a meaningful experience. Support from professional mentoring and networking opportunities have given me skills and made working enjoyable. I have found that joining a well-structured, supportive environment has set me up to build my long-term career.”

Christina WangGraduate

“Participating in the graduate program has been an incredibly rewarding journey. With training, exposure to real client-facing experiences and support from like-minded peers, this has built a strong foundation for a fulfilling and successful career.”

Alex WangGraduate