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Graduate Diaries: Sydney Crocker

04 April 2016 / Published in News & Stories
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This is the latest entry in our Graduate Diaries series, highlighting some of the talented ASB Future Me graduates as they share their experiences progressing through the programme.

I started at ASB on the Future Me graduate programme just over a year ago and haven’t stopped learning!

I’m in the Technology & Innovation team and during my time at the bank I’ve been given the opportunity to move through different teams including Business Intelligence Analysis Delivery and Design, Business Intelligence Operations, Operational Risk & Compliance, and most recently Data Management. In my current role I focus on strategic initiatives to drive creativity across the bank.

It has been a whirlwind year and looking back it’s clear that ASB has been the best place for me to start my career.

Throughout the programme we are encouraged to challenge our own thinking, solve problems differently and come up with new ideas.  One stand-out experience of this in action for me was our group project – the Graduate Shared Learning Project – through which we were constantly challenged and had to always think outside the box.

Our focus for the project was how we could streamline existing processes for business lending, moving us from paper to digital.

As part of this we had the opportunity to meet and independently interview customers and go through our ideas with them. This was such a fun and unique experience, and reflected a new customer-centric way of solving problems. Doing this in the development stage of the project allowed us to incorporate customer feedback into the final prototype.

We learnt how to rapidly prototype on a digital platform and in our final presentation to the Executive Leadership Team, we got them testing the final prototype.

Something else that has stood out to me is ASB’s focus on diversity and inclusion, something that I’ve had the opportunity to get involved with as a graduate; I’m particularly passionate about the women in business space. It’s a great time to be a part of an organisation that is working to develop and leverage the strengths of a truly diverse workforce. Through this, we are constantly talking about solving problems in new ways. On 8th March ASB celebrated International Women’s Day and we were encouraged to take action towards supporting women across the world in achieving gender equality. This to me is a great example of the bank’s commitment to this cause.

These are a few things that make ASB such an attractive place to work. What I’ve learnt on the programme is that the great thing about ASB is that you can really make your experience yours by taking up the different opportunities. I consider myself extremely lucky to be a part of the Future Me Graduate Programme and look forward to learning more about what makes an organisation tick – both from a cultural and business perspective.

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