What’s the most important thing you got out of the summer internship programme?
Puawai: There were two important lessons I learned from my time as an intern.
Lesson 1: Bravery pays off, and a comfort zone can be stretched and made to fit around a whole new space as well as new people. ASB is an inviting, engaging and diverse place to work.
I threw myself into being an intern and understanding what it means to work for ASB, and I’m overwhelmed by the wairua in this working space. Good people and challenging stretch goals you can take ownership of is great.
Lesson 2: I really like process improvement (No really, I do). The internship did exactly what I hoped it would when I applied. It allowed me to test-drive what it meant to work in a continuous improvement space, from requirement gathering, to mapping, solution and implementation and it’s really cool. My placement in the Wealth & Insurance Business Performance team was perfect and proved ideal for showing me the practical application of my Information Systems studies.
Claudia: Networking is key. Being placed in the commercial department of the bank, it showed me that their entire business revolved around networking. The more connections and networks they have, the more referrals they are able to get. You must be able to confidently talk to people and develop relationships to go further in your career.