How did you end up at NAB and in the Graduate Program?
I completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Accounting and Finance. So, a job in the banking industry always appealed to me. NAB’s Graduate Program stood out for me because it involves three 6-month rotations, secondment opportunities, a graduate community project, a graduate fundraiser event and a lot of skills training throughout the program.
The application process was long - an online application, online psychometric testing, video interview, assessment centre and final interviews. However, the communication from the NAB Graduate experience team throughout the whole process was very supportive.
Tell us about the work you’ve been doing so far.
I’m a Business Banking graduate and my first rotation was Interest Rates and Foreign Exchange. In this rotation I was able to completely understand what a role in these teams meant if I was to end up back in one of these teams, which is what I was hoping to get out of each rotation.
The work in this rotation involved building and executing deals, working with the traders in Sydney to execute deals, answering phone calls from bankers and specialists relating to completing deals and general enquiries, and general pricing. The dealing room is a completely different environment to any other part of the business so it was great to get exposure to this area.
My second rotation is working in the National Office of NAB Business. This is also another area which not many people get exposure to, so I was again very fortunate to be able to work with this team thanks to being part of the Graduate Program. The work I’ve been doing in this rotation is very different to my first rotation in that the work is more project based and every day is different.
Do you get to be yourself at work?
Yes, the culture at NAB encourages you to be yourself at work. Being such a large organization there is a variety of people you come across and each team has a different working environment but you can always stay true to your personality and working style and fit into each team.
Do you still get to enjoy a life outside of work?
100%. I thought starting work would take over my life but I still play sport regularly and even started a futsal team with some fellow graduates. NAB is very embracing of having a good work/life balance and understands individuals’ outside commitments so you would never have to give anything up because of work.
What would you say to someone that is interested in applying to the NAB Graduate Program?
Apply! I can honestly say that applying to the NAB Graduate Program was the best career choice. I have been exposed to so many parts of the business I never even knew existed, met a range of fellow employees from varying positions and being a graduate is the best excuse to explore what NAB has to offer – everyone loves graduates! Plus, you get to meet 100+ amazing graduates!