Explain what your business area does or their function within the group.
The Finance team spans across various divisions in Westpac and helps to manage the company’s performance and continuously works with different areas to both maintain and grow the business.
Why did you apply for a graduate role at Westpac Group, and why your chosen business area?
I applied to Westpac Group as I felt it was a great place to start my career. The company also provides a great culture to its employees, and it would allow me to make a tangible difference to everyday Australians. I decided on the Finance & Accounting Business area as I am interested in driving the strategic direction of the bank and making meaningful changes.
To date: please provide an overview of the rotation(s) you have completed and, if cross functional, which business areas/groups you have worked in
During my first rotation in the Finance Program & Change Delivery, it involved working alongside various Finance & Technology teams. The role requires engagement with stakeholders across the business to transfer information but also to ensure requirements and timelines are met for the projects in the bank.
To date: has there been a project you have been involved in that you found particularly exciting or engaging?
Due to an upcoming deadline, we had graduates from different teams come across to one external area and assisted them in completing their task. For me, this was a very exciting opportunity where I got the chance to work with different people across the business and make a valuable contribution which led to the completion of the project on time.
So far, what has been the highlight of the graduate program?
The highlight of the graduate program so far has been meeting the many different and interesting people within Westpac.
What is one thing you love about Westpac Group?
My favourite aspect of the Westpac Group is the people that I have met and their willingness to help.
What is unique about your ‘Uncommon Mind’?
I may be a Finance & Accounting Grad but I am also someone who is very physically active.
Please describe your business area in three words.
Stakeholders, Value, Change
Which part of the business do you work in now?
Consumer Customer Engagement – Productivity & Insights
How has your Grad journey been?
The Graduate journey has exposed me to different parts of the business and various roles that have allowed me to develop numerous skills and greater clarity around the areas that suit me best.
What has been the biggest challenge for you?
The biggest challenge for me to date has been the initial shift to entirely remote working and engaging with people in that unique environment.
To overcome this challenge, I talked to multiple people and trialled different methods before finding what worked for me.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to further unique experiences and exploring different parts of the business as I progress through the graduate program.
What was unexpected / a surprise?
The surprise was how varied the roles have been and the different experiences I have been through so far.
Please sum up your Grad experience (to date) in three words.
Unique, Challenging, Rewarding.