In some ways, working at ANZ has defied his expectations.
“To be honest, I kind of pictured this big, ruthless, alpha male, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ kind of atmosphere - but it’s nothing like that,” David says.
“When I actually arrived, everyone was just very friendly, kind, and supportive – even the senior leaders – just normal, friendly people.”
As well as working within the Product and Risk teams, David’s also taking a philosophical approach to his own personal development.
“When I entered the Grad programme, I knew that my skills would naturally develop over time – but what I’ve also realised is that I have to put back on that philosophical, abstract-thinking hat, and think outside of what I’m doing to get the most benefit,” he says.
“Aristotle said that people’s values and their attributes are not things which are given to them – it’s all stuff you work towards by asking questions like ‘how is this helping me build myself?’, rather than just ticking off projects to put on your CV.
“I often find myself asking, how is my character changing - and improving - with the things I’m doing?
“Being part of the Grad programme, you have a unique opportunity to think like that, because everyone around you is so happy to help you, and to have conversations which open up new pathways."