I applied for the ANZ graduate program while completing my final semester at the University of Queensland. I chose to accept an offer at ANZ over other banking/finance/accounting firms as I felt that the opportunities provided to rotate through different areas of the bank were superior to other options. Furthermore, the direction of ANZ and its Super Regional Strategy provides for great opportunity moving forward both domestically and internationally.
The daily responsibilities of an ANZ Grad depend strongly on what type of rotation you are completing, but some examples include drafting of notes and credit submissions, reviewing business opportunity pipelines, attending client meetings and functions, reviewing credit submissions and process improvement and 'best practice' review.
The ANZ team works on a formula of training which is predominantly on-the-job, however we have received quarterly "Development Days" in which we are co-located with interstate grads to workshop different skills required for ongoing job performance. Further to this, each team goes through regular up-skilling and grads are encourage to participate in as many of these courses (and online courses) as possible.
I have really enjoyed the opportunity and flexibility of the program, experiencing many different areas of the bank. I have spent varied amounts of time in areas including Transaction Banking, Credit Risk, Relationship Management, Wholesale Lending Operations, Structured Asset Finance, Markets and Loan Structuring & Execution. This has provided for a wide basis of knowledge, along with providing a clear career objective and pathway. Furthermore, senior stakeholders are very accessible (more so than I have experienced in previous jobs), providing mentoring and guidance.
The program is set up for grads to use resources and assistance as much or as little as they feel necessary and to build a strong network in the first 12 months on the job.