I love working at CommBank because here, we genuinely care about what we do. Everyone I’ve met across the Group is passionate about the work they do. It makes it feel like you’re not even working when you love what you do. And for me, that is connecting people and working closely with our customers.
As an Agribusiness Executive for the Gippsland/ Regional Vic Area, I take care of farmers who look after everything from beef, broilers, orchards, dairy farming, and wineries. I’ve been in this role for more than a year, and I’m still learning so much every day because every customer journey is unique. I was supported by my manager to get involved in events within the dairy industry so we’re not seen as just bankers, but a helping hand in the community.
The farmers are all very passionate, they love their work and support each other within the community. There’s nothing better than hearing about the farmers’ plans and goals, than actually seeing it come out the other side. It’s one of the best parts of my job, seeing this journey from end to end. It’s great being out in the market, connecting with our customers and understanding the passion they have for their business.
As a graduate, the relationships you build both internally and externally are great. Everyone wants to speak to you, they always have time for you and are always willing to answer questions you may have. I loved the rotations I was on in the Graduate Program - I had the opportunity to work with different teams and they all have different ways of doing things.
Outside of work, I like to do things that relate to my passion for the industry. I’ve founded a beef business and a young professional network in Gippsland. When I moved back home from university, I didn’t know anyone in the industry and wanted to build that network for myself and others. Starting a business is always challenging, but I built contacts through talking to people who were in the same boat as me. We’ve done everything from networking events to setting up a mentee/mentor platform to pair up small business owners and farmers. All in the name of community support.
For anyone looking to join the Graduate or Intern Program at CommBank, be open to all the experiences and ask lots of questions. The time went quickly but I was grateful to get so much exposure to the program, and how open everyone in the business was. The skills I learned are still relevant to me today and have helped me with my own business and passion.