Having grown up on a family farm in the Mallee, agriculture has always been a key interest of mine. Before I was fortunate enough to be offered this position, I studied a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. The economics subjects in this course spiked my interest in this aspect of the industry, and pushed me to apply for Rural Bank’s graduate program. Learning about the support systems that Rural Bank offers to farmers, as well as their connection with the Community Bank network, is what made me feel like the bank was the ideal location for me to start my career.
The first few weeks of the program went by so fast. From travelling to Adelaide to meet the other graduates during inductions, to working with the Ag Answers team back in Bendigo and Melbourne, I feel that I have already gained an understanding of how different parts of the bank work. The inductions were great, as they gave me a snapshot of how each individual area of the bank interacts with each other, and how important each link of the lending value chain is to the success of the bank.
The next few weeks will be spent working with the valuations team, where I will be involved in assisting with internal property appraisals, as well as organising and tracking external valuations.
Throughout the 18 months of the program I plan to keep this blog updated with where I am and what part of the business I am working in. I am really excited to see where this program can take me.