When my Dad recommended I apply for the ANZ Technology Graduate Program, I laughed. Me? I didn’t study anything related to technology or banking – I studied journalism.
“Broader life experiences that shape who we are are just as important as “technical skills” when considering recruitment.”
One night, spurred on by a moment of confidence, I thought why not just apply and see how I go; after all, what did I have to lose? Not having to submit a resume and instead play a few games was definitely an incentive to apply.
Little did I know, this soon-to-be journalism grad was about to be accepted as a technology graduate for ANZ. Here is what I’ve learnt since I joined the program.
Don’t discount past experience
One of the first things I learnt in applying for – and starting - my graduate position is to not discount past experience as this is ultimately what makes us all unique. Broader life experiences that shape who we are are just as important as “technical skills” when considering recruitment.
Before starting my graduate position, I had worked many different jobs - often juggling two at a time. As a teenager I coached and umpired netball before securing my first ‘real’ job at Kmart Australia - where I worked my way up to become a duty manager. I did lots of other things too: working with students with physical and learning difficulties, waitressing at my parent’s café, being
active in sports and at university, and a few internships. These experiences taught me how to be a team player, a leader, how to multi-task, be resilient – the list goes on.
These skills have helped me adapt to the corporate world and the agile working model ANZ has adopted in recent years. Don’t disregard any prior experience as this really sets you apart.
Numbers don’t define you
I am sure we’ve all heard someone say this before, especially when Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR) are released after high school, but you are not defined by a number. When I started thinking about what company I wanted to work for, finding an organisation which recognises this was a big plus.
ANZ’s recruitment process placed emphasis on having a “growth mindset” - someone who is open to learning and evolving. The questions I was asked during the assessment for my role were focused on getting to know me as a person and the different facets that make me who I am rather than questions about how high my grades were in school or university.
Although I have always loved learning and worked hard to get good grades, it was comforting to know my experiences, values and passion for learning helped me get into the program.