What area of ASB did you come from before joining the ASB Graduate Programme?
I’ve been all over the place – first as a contractor, followed by working within a branch. I then joined the online share trading team for 4 years and finally moved to the Technology team where I’ve held a few different roles.
What is it like being on the ASB Graduate Programme now vs. being a full-time staff member?
I’d probably use the phrase “outside my comfort zone.” As someone who knew my role inside-out, moving to a new place where I knew next to nothing was pretty uncomfortable and the ASB Graduate Programme has shown me that there’s a lot I don’t know. It’s something I probably wouldn’t have experienced first-hand if I didn’t take that step outside my area of comfort.
Outside comfort zone stuff can sometimes yield amazing results.
Why did you join the ASB Graduate Programme?
Essentially I’ve always wanted to work with enterprise application software and prior to joining the grad programme, my career’s trajectory was leading me further and further away from this. All I needed was that opportunity, and I found it in the grad programme.
If you‘re someone who thinks you know where you want to go, the team organising the grad programme try their best to tailor something that’ll put your interests to the opportunity and you’ll also get to try your hand at a few other related roles; you might change your mind when you get into your “dream role,” or perhaps it’ll help confirm your choice in your career.
If you’re someone who doesn’t know where you want to go, think of the grad programme as a “shared platter” you would order at a restaurant – you’ll get a taste of a few different roles to see what life in those roles are like, and whether you enjoy them or otherwise.
Do skills from your previous roles translate to now?
People skills are something that helps wherever you go. While my previous role was quite unrelated to my current role in the grad programme, I learned a lot about dealing with people and thinking on the spot. Never dismiss the experiences you’ve had and things you’ve learned in the past, regardless of how irrelevant a previous role may seem to where you are now!
What are your future aspirations?
To be honest, seeing how competent my colleagues are is all the aspiration I need for me to want to keep trying, keep learning and keep improving. But for now I need to take one step at a time, and getting to be as good as my colleagues is many many steps away!