Nancy Chen

Infrastructure Advisor

Nancy wanted to be an accountant in high school, but when she actually became one, she realised she wanted to do something more impactful.

What work do you do?

Advising on infrastructure projects that help shape our city into a better place.

When you were at school did you know what work you wanted to do?

When I was in high school, I wanted to be an accountant. But when I started working in accounting, I realised that it just wasn’t for me as I wanted to be a part of something that was more impactful and tangible. It took me a few tries in different jobs to finally find my passion.

How did you get started?

My first step into the corporate world was through the traineeship program at PricewaterhouseCoopers. I applied for the program during high school.

What do you love most about your work?

When my ideas are heard and encouraged.

What was your biggest ‘fail’ so far?

When I felt lost with what I wanted to do. It felt like a failure at the time, but it prompted me to dig deep to figure out where my passion lies.

What was your biggest accomplishment?

Having the courage to pivot from working in high finance in Sydney to a creative engineering firm in Melbourne.

Who helped you get to where you are today?

Simon – my previous boss. He was a real mentor who helped me gain confidence in my abilities.

Has technology changed your industry in the last 5-10 years?

Massively. Technology has helped us provide deeper and more relevant insights.

Do you have any advice for young girls thinking about pursuing a career in your industry?

Be confident in your abilities, ideas and perspectives. Don’t be afraid to think creatively because it’s the key to thriving in this industry.

In your wildest dreams, what would you love to do every single day and get paid for it?

See the wonders of the world, learn about all the different cultures and be a part of creating liveable and inclusive cities.

Industry: Infrastructure
Job: Infrastructure Advisor