One of the first things I learnt when entering ANZ’s Graduate Program was the majority of the graduates around me felt the same as I did - no clear purpose and a lack of direction after university.
For those who may not know what they want but are eager to try new things, the ANZ Graduate Program is a great option.
As someone who grew up in the Waikato region of New Zealand, Melbourne was a huge change from the small country towns and cities I was used to and the even smaller schools I attended.
Feeling out of place among the busy city life and my high achieving counterparts, I had a bad case of - what some refer to as - ‘imposter syndrome’.
To overcome this, I focused on changing my mindset to see my previous experiences as a superpower rather than limiting; and using unfamiliar experiences as opportunities to grow. This approach revolutionised my experience in the program.
During our first week of the program, we didn’t jot down long-term career plans.
Instead, we learnt about the power of developing a growth mindset. As someone who has always been interested in psychology and learning about what makes humans tick, I found it fascinating.
When presented with a challenge, a growth mindset encourages you to see it as an opportunity to grow, not a chance to fail. And believing that hard work and your ability to learn determines your potential and achievements - not chance or luck.
Being introduced to the concept of a growth mindset has completely changed my perspective to work on not limiting my own potential.