Graduate ambassador | Ned Connell

By admin - February 27, 2020

Ned Connell

Senior Analyst

Client advocate and life-long learner


Starting as a casual employee at Pitcher Partners the same day he commenced his university studies, Ned quickly ascended the ranks to the position of Senior Analyst in the Private Business and Family Advisory division – an area specialising in private and family-owned businesses.  

“Initially, I worked three days a week in a bookkeeping role but soon began gaining greater exposure to the types of work I’d be doing once I’d finished my degree. Being in a workplace related to my studies and having day-to-day contact with managers, partners and clients, provided practical hands-on experience that gave context to my studies and insight into what a career in finance and accounting actually meant. 

Career pathways 

Ned recollects his journey to date, acknowledging he took an alternative route to his peers. “My professional career didn’t commence with the traditional grad program – instead it began concurrently with the commencement of my studies. Pitcher Partners was extremely supportive of my development goals,” the young analyst says. 

“There was support to work flexibly, with time off to study when needed - that was a real benefit to me at the time. Pitchers also invested in my development with on-the-job learning that complimented my studies. It was a great way to imbed my learnings.” 

Upon completing his degree, staying at Pitchers was a “no brainer” for Ned. “I didn’t actually apply for any graduate programs because I was enjoying my role and happy with how my career and development was progressing. I never really entertained the idea of leaving,” claims Ned. 

 

Image: Ned’s career continues to develop, starting out as a bookkeeper before moving up to a Senior Analyst. 

Team spirit and workplace environment 

Ned enjoys the collaborative nature of the workplace and the opportunity to work with different managers, partners, clients and on different work and challenges. He also appreciates the many social activities the firm hosts through the Social Club, as well as cooking classes, painting sessions, and in-house lunches. His team also takes part in indoor soccer and running events. 

“Some of the people I work with here are my best friends outside of work as well. There are people that I studied with for three years and we remain close.” 

To progress in a role like his, Ned says you must be dedicated, both in terms of the work you put in and in engaging in the collegial culture. “Having a level of empathy is quite important as well because we go that extra mile and we really want to do the best for our clients and people.” 

A life-long learning, Ned is excited about what the future has in store for him with Pitcher Partners and its interesting and varied client base. 

Pitcher Partners is made up of a broad range of people from diverse beginnings. Meet all of our career ambassadors and read their personal journeys of success here.


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