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How did you feel when you secured an internship role at Westpac Group?

I felt excited to secure an internship in banking and spend my summer doing something productive and challenging!

What did your support structure look like during your internship?

We each got a buddy to help us get familiar with the work environment and settle into what can be a daunting experience! We also had a placement manager and a graduate manager to make sure we get enough exposure to different parts of the business, outside the team we worked with.

The highlight of your Internship experience with Westpac Group?

The work was so varied it is difficult to choose as I was involved in multiple projects! A huge highlight however was the people that I met who coached and guided me through my internship.

Most nerve-wracking moment as an Intern and what was the outcome/learning of that moment?

The amount of acronyms used on the trading floor...who knew there was so many! It took me some time to get used to it. I had to ask a lot of questions and was amazed at the amount of people willing to help me.

Why would you recommend completing an internship to others?

An internship allows you to sample a career path and also the company fit. It gives you relevant work experience to secure a graduate job and to better understand what it is like working in a corporate environment...setting you up for nothing but success!

Why did you choose Westpac?

Firstly, when I did my research about Westpac I was really impressed by its then CEO Gail Kelly, who is the first female CEO of a major Australian bank and one with an amazing track record. Furthermore, I had heard about the amazing experiences from some graduates who were already working here with an indication that there was a great company culture and development opportunities for graduates.

Why would you recommend Westpac to others?

It’s rare to find a company that lives the culture it talks about in its marketing – at Westpac, you can be sure that although people do work hard; they are rewarded with recognition, development opportunities, a great culture and inspiring leaders.

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How did you feel when you secured an internship role at Westpac Group?

Securing an internship at Westpac was a daunting but exciting process. I was incredibly excited to have been selected and knew that my performance during the internship would govern whether or not I would be offered a graduate role so I was keen to perform well.

What did your support structure look like during your internship?

I was lucky to be placed in a very social team that struck the balance between hard work and fun. Consequently I found my manager/s very open to having honest discussions about any and all aspects of the work and the business as a whole.

The best business project you were able to work on during your internship?

For the latter 6 weeks of my internship I was given responsibility for creating a Healthcare Vertical Strategic Analysis. This was a challenging process that involved profiling each health- oriented business, I presented the report to the Health Sector industry head at the conclusion of my internship, and the work is still being used today.

The highlight of your Internship experience with Westpac Group?

The highlight would definitely be the real-world experience that I gained from my 10 weeks in the professional environment. As a young person entering the workplace there is a lot to learn in a short period of time and the internship provided a great source of knowledge that I could take forward.

Most nerve-wracking moment as an Intern and what was the outcome/learning of that moment?

Presenting the body of work that I had prepared to senior leaders of the business was probably the most nervous moment of my internship. It’s important to have confidence in the quality of your work, however knowing how to accept feedback and incorporate new perspectives into your work is also a very valuable skill, and this is learned over time.

What do you love most about working as an intern at Westpac?

It would have to be the people. I became close friends with the other CIB interns, and we all returned as graduates. Everyone at Westpac is happy to help out whenever you ask, and that makes coming to work every day an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Why would you recommend completing an internship to others?

It puts you ahead of the curve and provides you with invaluable experience as a student still learning about the field you’re interested in.

Your biggest misconception about working as an intern at a bank that was overturned after you joined?

At Westpac the intern doesn’t get the coffee. The interns are given a great deal of respect because those that work here know the process they would’ve gone through in order to be selected. They are given plenty responsibility and that makes the experience really enjoyable.

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How did you feel when you secured an internship role at Westpac Group?

It was a mix of excitement and relief!

The best business project you were able to work on during your internship?

Not sure if I can pick out a specific best, the work I did was so varied! I really enjoyed working with one of the NR directors on the team’s Asia strategy. I also got some great credit experience working on a client annual review (which can get pretty interesting in the Natural Resources sector, especially in the current climate!)

What did your support structure look like during your internship?

I had a great placement Manager and buddy, and the team was very supportive. I was able to work on different projects and I worked with the majority of the team at some point during the Internship - each time I was given plenty of guidance. In addition to that, people always took the time share their experiences within the industry and their career paths.

What do you love most about working as an intern at Westpac?

It’s a steep learning curve as you are stepping into a new world and outside of your comfort zone – but this is something that I love!

Most nerve-wracking moment as an intern?

In my first week I was invited to attend an external client meeting, I was nervous and a little intimidated at first, but in the end I found it to be an incredibly interesting experience. It’s important to remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. Everyone understands that you’re an intern, and they don’t expect you to be an expert when you first come into the business.

What did it mean to you to secure a graduate role in advance of graduating?

It was such a great feeling having a great job locked in. Finding out so early means you can focus on your studies. My last year of university ended up being one of the most enjoyable and stress free.

After your internship what resinated with you about the Westpac culture that you knew it was the right place to start your graduate career?

The one team mentality definitely stood out.

Why would you recommend completing an internship to others?

It’s the best way to experience what working in an institutional bank is like. Then you can make an informed decision as to whether it’s something you may be interested in pursuing.

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