The road less travelled proved to be the right decision for graduate Accountant Pieter Vermeulen.
As an Accounting and Finance graduate the typical route would see him head to one of the “Big Four” accounting firms for a few years of foundational experience in a specialised area.
But the desire to jump straight in and get involved in a variety of projects from the start led him to Mineral Resources Limited (MRL)’s graduate program.
“I was keen to get stuck in and hit the ground running and MRL’s graduate program appealed to me because it was with a growing company that was moving quickly," he said.
MRL’s graduate program provides exciting learning opportunities for Pieter to find his strengths, interests and work on cutting-edge projects. During his two-year graduate program, he’ll undertake five rotations – spending three to six months at a time in MRL’s corporate finance, management accounting, iron ore and lithium teams – with his last rotation one of his own choosing.
Helping Pieter set himself up for success and reach his potential, his program mentor - a Principal Financial Analyst within the MRL team – regularly offers support and guidance on how he can maximise his opportunities to gain experience and exposure.
Pieters' a busy guy - establishing a successful career in the dynamic corporate world of MRL, while also working towards his Chartered Accounting (CA) qualification. His three-year journey to become a CA includes a two-year study component and three years of mentored experience. He’s able to apply his learning in the classroom to how different areas of the business apply it in the ‘real world’ at MRL.
“I was studying a risk and technology unit; I came into work and spoke to the person who’s heavily involved in the risk side of MRL and asked them questions about how MRL applies it in a professional setting,” he said.
A clear high achiever, Pieter is hungry to learn and find opportunities to progress. At MRL, we’re a growing company with new roles and opportunities being created all the time. By getting in now, Pieter is in prime position to take advantage of opportunities moving forward.
“At MRL there's always big new projects happening and interesting areas of work that I can get involved in,” he said.
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