Speaking of networking, James says “It’s one of the key pieces of advice my mentor gave me; get out there and build your network. This eventually lead me to land a fulltime job in an area I am passionate about – technology.”
James leveraged opportunities to meet many different people from around the business, and with a little help and guidance from his mentor was offered an internship.
What was meant to be a six week stint in Finance, ended up turning into a three year tenure.
James jokingly says with a laugh, “I think that's because I’ve got a hearing impairment. So I can’t hear anything in my left ear, but I can hear in my right. So I reckon they were telling me that I don't need to come back after the sixth week, but I actually kept on coming back. They didn't question it, I just kept turning up."
At the end of the three year stint, James’ goal was securing a spot in ANZ’s Graduate program. He met with as many people as he could, seeking advice and getting himself know in the business.
James achieved his goal when last year, he was offered a spot on the program. He moved around the bank on rotation through various roles and parts of the business - an experience he says he loved.
“I got to meet people who were around the same age, in similar areas of work and interests. I loved that aspect. Before the Graduate program, I didn't know how much a bank could offer in technology. But there are so many technology opportunities within the bank. I always thought of Google and Amazon being where all opportunities would be, but there’s probably just as many opportunities here as those companies,” he says.”
After completing the Graduate Program, James was offered a full time job in Digital Customer Experience (DXC) as an Engineer; a role he is loving.
“I’m really, really happy with this role. I get to work on new apps, with a great bunch of people and am always learning.”