We sat down for a quick coffee break with Kirsten Dugan. As a Principal Consultant, she shared with us a bit about her wealth of local and overseas experience she brings to her role.
Hi Kirsten, what’s your role at Method?
I’m a Principal Consultant based in our Accountancy & Finance business in Melbourne. My role involves partnering with clients across the NFP, Health and Education sectors to source them excellent qualified accounting staff.
What’s the best thing about your role?
The best thing about my role is all the people I engage with on a day-to-day. It’s really satisfying getting to know a client well enough to offer them sound advice. And equally I love my candidates, especially those I’ve known for a number of years. It’s the best feeling calling someone and letting them know they aced their interview and got the job!
Why did you choose your specialisation?
Before moving to Australia, I worked in the Not-for-Profit sector for a number of years. This has given me a real insight in to working in the sector. As a result, it has driven my passion for partnering with these clients in Melbourne. With regards to finance, apart from some maths and finance at University, this was a big learning curve for me! I have considered trying to recruit something else, but actually really enjoy the changing landscape of finance and how valuable it is to every organisation I work with.
What do you tell your mates about Method?
I always tell them that I’ve never worked anywhere like Method! The culture of the business is second to none, and it’s a genuinely collaborative, autonomous and fun environment.
What advice would you give your younger self, starting out in your career?
I think having a mentor is incredibly valuable (at any age), if you can find someone you trust and gel with. Other than that, not putting too much pressure on myself and trusting my instincts (it did bring me all the way from Scotland to Australia six years ago, after all!)
No question: Irn Bru (very grateful it’s available in Melbourne!)
Get in touch with Kirsten to talk more about recruiting top class finance professionals to your team, or if you’re a qualified accountant looking for their next move in the NFP, health or education sectors.