Building safeguards against money laundering, cyber crime and corruption

Annabelle Scott is an Associate in the Cyber and Forensics team at PwC - yes, you heard that right... Cyber and Forensics.

You may immediately be thinking NCIS and all things digital... but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to working in this area of the business. As a trained private investigator, Annabelle gets to undertake forensic investigations in order to solve financial crimes each and every day. The Cyber and Forensics team assist the private and public sector to resolve issues and create safeguards against potential money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption.

“It’s a great team. The work is fast paced and I am constantly challenged to think outside of the box. Everyone brings a different perspective to the table which is important when trying to solve forensic matters.”

Annabelle didn’t always know she wanted to take her career in this direction. On completion of her High School Certificate, she had planned to study physiotherapy. However, after a year of living abroad and speaking to lots of different people, she decided that an accounting degree would provide her with opportunities to live and work in both Australia and overseas.

Annabelle studied at The University of Sydney where she undertook a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts (Accounting, International Business and French). During this time she completed three exchanges in France, Los Angeles and New York City.

“Learning a language at university and studying overseas was a challenging but very rewarding experience,” she explains. “I learnt how to adapt to new environments and cultures very quickly. This skill was also very useful when I started at PwC.”

Annabelle’s incredible travel experiences did not stop when she joined PwC. During her time here, she's enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with a client where her team provided training to the client's senior leadership, teaching them how to conduct their own investigations. This, she says, has been a real career highlight. She is hoping travel to Europe and the USA will be on the agenda for 2017!

Annabelle has also become involved with PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Symmetry committee through which she has been given the opportunity to host several internal and external events in order to promote PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda. And her efforts have not gone unrecognised...

As the runner up firmwide "Above and Beyond" award, Annabelle was not only nominated for her significant involvement in Symmetry but also for being a founding member of LMBDW: an international female entrepreneurial group that over the past year has grown to 27,000 members around the world! The group provides online peer support, advice and face-to-face networking opportunities. Annabelle has introduced a number of partners across the firm to the group and has been a key player in building the community at a global level.

“Being a part of this group has allowed me to continue my passion for entrepreneurship. I have been able to use my internal and external networks to find mutually beneficial opportunities for both the group and PwC.”

Working in Cyber and Forensics presents exciting challenges and requires high attention to detail. To stay focused, Annabelle says it is important to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

“Whether it is before or after work, I always find time to exercise as this helps me to concentrate. PwC’s flexible working hours are great for helping me shuffle things around to ensure I can fit a work-out into my day.”

“I am also in the process of completing my Chartered Accountant program. Studying and working can be challenging, but PwC has been very supportive and given me extra time to study when I need to.”

When she first joined PwC as a Graduate, Annabelle applied for a position in the consulting business. Then the recruitment team helped her discover the Cyber and Forensics area of the business where she found her perfect fit.

“When applying for graduate roles, I think it is good to be open and apply to areas of the business, especially ones you have never heard of. You never know, it may turn out to be your dream job!”

Throughout university, Annabelle had hoped to work at an international firm (like PwC) that would provide her with opportunities to live and work overseas. Annabelle hopes to complete a two year secondment with her team in the near future.

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