Attracting great talent to ANZ has always been a key focus for our team. We are constantly evolving our offering to not only attract but retain the next generation of leaders – candidates with the right mindsets and capabilities to help take the bank forward.
Graduates are a crucially important group for us and so we put a lot of thought and planning into how we reach out to them. The experience graduates have with us from that first interaction is vital and can lead to a long and fruitful partnership for both parties.
As an example, just this month I celebrated with one of the leaders in my team who started as a graduate with ANZ - 20 years ago. She’s been working with us at ANZ ever since across a variety of roles and business units.
ANZ recently won Most Popular Graduate Employer at Grad Connection’s awards ceremony, up from our fifth position last year. The bank was also awarded Most Popular Banking, Finance and Insurance Employer.
It’s pleasing to see the work we’ve put in to develop this program recognised and we’re in the process of welcoming a new intake of graduates as we speak. We have 120 graduates starting this month, including 66 women. Just under one third will take up roles in our technology programs – a key growth area for the bank.
Our approach to the graduate intake differs from some other organisations slightly in that we take a relatively smaller group of candidates. That gives us the time to really invest in the individual and help set them up for a potentially long-term career at the bank.
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It also allows us to offer permanent places to our graduates at the time of offer so they can have peace of mind they’ll be staying with ANZ after their graduate placement.
Moreover, we don’t narrow down the field of candidates by accepting only graduates with a background in finance. We're “degree agnostic” in that sense and believe people with different life experience can bring a variety of perspectives to the bank.
We’ve had people join us with backgrounds in science, technology, business, engineering, maths and arts. The main thing we are looking for is people who can listen, learn and adapt. It's really important there is alignment to our core values in our graduates – integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence
We also look for people who have what you might call a growth mindset. They are always curious and want to remain connected to continued learning. We believe that sets them up for a rich, long-term career at the bank because there are so many opportunities for them to explore at ANZ.