The rattling of Edgar’s collar bell will wake me up and get me in the shower! While Edgar and I have breakfast, I usually have a read of the AFR or SMH so I can keep up to date with the state of affairs in this country and have something to contribute during my lunch break discussions.
Besides the common “checking emails and work messages” routine that graduates from all companies would do first thing in the morning when clocking into work, I scan several international news sites to keep abreast with economic and political developments in the World. Occasionally, I will have a ‘light bulb’ moment and spot something that may have an impact on BAT or is relevant to my work and I share this with my manager or co-workers when I have a chance to later on in the day.
My personal workbook outlines the tasks that I need to get done for the week. I start of with high priority items. This can include project work that is due this week or a preparing for a meeting that will happen in the afternoon today. As a Finance Global Graduate, I was rewarded with several internal projects which increased my exposure to all the different functions of the business. One such project involved simulating business forecasts for several products and I had to collaborate with many different teams such as Commercial Finance, Legal, Marketing and Supply Chain. The trust that BAT has in its Global Graduates to work on complex and challenging projects is exceptional.
My first rotation in the Finance Global Graduate program was in the Corporate Finance (CF) team. Fortnightly we have a meeting with the entire CF team. These meetings are a fantastic way for the Finance Director to share with us an overview of the recent progression of the business.
One thing that I know most of my colleagues are missing is the comradery during lunch at work. Though I miss it as well, you are never short of company if you live in a share house! One of my housemates is Davido, a Belgian entrepreneur who got stuck in Australia due to the pandemic. During our lunchtime discussions me and Davido would talk about a range of very serious issues (as you can tell from our very serious facial expressions below) ranging from the economy, politics and life.
After lunch is a great time for meetings with BAT colleagues in the Australian market or overseas markets. I have had calls with people in the UK (Global Head Office), Malaysia and New Zealand in the afternoon due to the international time differences. The opportunity to collaborate with people on not only a national scale but an international scale as a graduate fresh out of university is what makes BAT a great place to work! Edgar is also keen to join me in these calls. And yes, my pants are on in video calls.
Before closing off for the day, I note down the tasks that we completed today and what is remaining to be done for the rest of the week. BAT has very flexible working hours and you can finish earlier or later depending on your workload and outside-of-work commitments. BAT allows you to balance both and gives you the personal space you need to spend time with friends and family. When I realise Edgar is starting to go to bed, I know my work is done and I call it a day!