My name is Ray and I’m a Senior Software Engineer in ASB’s Innovation team. I joined ASB in February 2011 as part of its inaugural intake of graduates.
One of the main selling points of the programme for me was that I could rotate through different teams and figure out what I really enjoyed doing. I must admit that at the time I wasn’t too sure about what I wanted to do after university; I just knew I wanted to work in IT.
During my time on the programme I spent time in Risk, Software Apps, and a voice services team. I also worked for Software Applications teams that designed applications for both staff and customers. When I finished the programme, I worked in the Enterprise Content Management team for about a year before ending up where I am now.
While on the programme, I was fortunate enough to work either for or with most teams in our Technology & Innovation division. This has given me a holistic view of what we do, and enabled me to build a strong network across the bank – this is extremely useful when you work in a field as diverse as Innovation.
A big highlight for me was being part of a cohort of other graduates. Being able to share experiences and knowledge with other like-minded people is the thing I cherish the most; t was great being able to grow alongside one another. I also feel the structure of the programme, the mentoring and the leadership training prepared me well to excel in my current role. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without having been through the programme.
I would recommend the ASB graduate programme to anyone who’s looking to launch their career!