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Graduate program

If you are looking for a program where you can be yourself, be open to exciting and challenging experiences, this is the program for you.

Start your career with Rural Bank

Applications are closed.

Graduates can look forward to:

  • An 18-month established and constantly evolving program with a supportive graduate community.
  • Supportive rotation leaders who genuinely care about your development.
  • Flexible work options, so you can balance your work and personal life.
  • Access to our employee benefits program: discounts on product and services including home loans, credit cards, insurance, gym membership, travel and more.
  • Being part of a business that supports and advocates for women working in agribusiness and strives to ensure opportunities to succeed are available within our business.
  • Community service leave
  • A permanent role post-program within Rural Bank.

Find out more about the benefits of the Rural Bank graduate program.

You will also receive:

  • A competitive starting salary plus superannuation, with advancement upon successful completion of the graduate program.
  • Relocation assistance if required to relocate for your program.
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What are we looking for in a graduate?

Are you passionate about Australian agriculture?

While a Rural background isn’t essential, a commitment and passion for Australian Agriculture certainly is.

Loads of enthusiasm, be a self-starter and enjoy building relationships? We want you.

We are looking for the next industry leaders in with a determination to support rural and regional businesses and communities.

We want graduates who are committed to learning new things, asking questions, and challenging the status quo.

We want people who like to challenge themselves through new experiences.

Rural Bank is committed to creating a diverse workforce. We embrace the differences we all bring to our communities.

Five graduate students from 2019.

Why Choose Rural Bank?

Rural Bank has an ongoing focus of supporting the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
A culture of diversity & inclusivity

We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and empowering environment where everyone can thrive. Core to our commitment is the understanding that inclusive and accessible design is good for everybody, including people with disability. You can read more in our Access and Inclusion Plan .

Advocates for women

Being part of a business that supports and advocates for women working in agribusiness and strives to ensure opportunities to succeed are available within our business.

 

Employee benefits program

Access to our employee benefits program. We offer discounts on product and services including home loans, credit cards, insurance, gym membership, travel and more.

 

Why our graduates chose Rural Bank

Group shot of farmers and a Relationship manager - QLD
Group shot of farmers and a Relationship manager - QLD

Meet our graduates

Get to know some of our graduates and read what being a graduate is all about.

Recruitment & Selection process

To qualify, you must have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the past three years (i.e. 2018, 2019 or 2020) or be due to complete it by the end of January 2021.

Australian citizen or Australian permanent residency at the time of applying.

Step 1 - application

Your application will take around 10 minutes to complete. Remember to carefully move through the pre-screening questions and answer thoroughly and truthfully. Complete all required fields and ensure you attach your resume and academic transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine also).

Step 2 - online assessment

If you pass the first step, you will be invited to complete a series of online assessments. This will help us determine your alignment to our values and suitability for a graduate role.
You'll receive an email detailing what you need to do.
This stage will test your problem solving and reasoning ability, as well as how you manage your and others emotions.

Step 3 - video interview

If you have never completed a video interview, it may be a good idea to get a feel for the process. Record yourself answering interview questions and then watching the replay. Gauge your confidence, body language and ability to answer the questions. Don’t panic! You'll get a practice run to test your mic and camera. You will also have some time to read the question and prepare before hitting record.

Step 4 - assessment centre & interview

If you are successful in getting to this point, you'll be invited to attend a virtual assessment centre. The assessment centre will be held between June and July. On the day you will complete a business-related case study and then into an interview.

You can use this as an opportunity to ask questions and find out if we are the right fit for you. It helps to show us your personality, so try and relax and enjoy the day. Rest assured, the panel on the day only want to see you shine!

Step 5 - job offer

Within four weeks of the assessment centre, you will receive a call from us.

You will then find out if you have been successful obtaining a Graduate role with Rural Bank.

A letter of offer will then be sent. You will be required to complete a background check and provide the details of two referees we can contact.

Key Dates

Applications Open: April 2021

Applications Close: May 2021

Online Testing: May 2021

Video Interviews: June 2021

Virtual Assessment Centres: June 2021

Start date of 2022 program: February 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

This may vary however, for our 2022 intake, we are recruiting for 4 graduates.

Short answer is no. We do review & consider academic results however there is no minimum requirement as such. Graduates must have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the past three years or be due to complete it by the end of January prior to a February commencement.

No. We accept graduates of all ages, as long as you have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the past three years.

This may vary year on year however traditionally we look to recruit in VIC, SA, WA, QLD & NSW.

Applications open in April and offers are made in approximately July with a start date in February of the following year. We aim to connect with candidates throughout the various stages of the selection process.

Candidates are welcome to reach out directly to the Early Career Advisor and discuss/forward their resume, however candidates must also apply online. If at any time candidates require adjustments to the Recruitment & Selection process, please contact the Early Career Advisor.

Preparation is key. Know what to expect by reading up on the Recruitment & Selection process on the Rural Bank website. Research our organisation. Review your application including resume & cover letter. Perfect any presentations, practice psychometric testing, practice your interview skills, be yourself and plan ahead. On the day of the assessment centre, arrive in good time, remain professional and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Relocation is one of the attractors of our graduate program. Our relocation policy covers approved relocations from one work location to another within Australia and is designed to assist a smooth and hassle-free process.

Yes we do. We have some fantastic study benefits to suit U such as study leave – three days per subject including any time off for exams, doing assessments, attending classes.

Fee assistance – applicable for all fee-paying courses including deferred payment programs e.g. HECS/HELP. Reimbursement for 80% of fees on successful completion, capped at $4,000 per semester or $8,000 per annum.

Rebecca Hynes – Recruitment & Early Career Advisor on 03 8414 7311 or by email rebecca.hynes@ruralbank.com.au

Ag Achiever Graduate Program Testimonial

Looking back at my time in the Rural Graduate Program, I can see that I was given a great opportunity to see all parts of the rural business and the chance to work out which part I wanted to pursue further. It gave me a good base to build on as I went into my first assistant manager role. The networking throughout the 18 months on the program is one of the biggest positives of the program.

The program allowed me to work with several experienced managers in the sales team in different locations and industries that I would not have been exposed to without the graduate program. In my current role as an Agribusiness Relationship Manager I think back to different meetings I was involved in on the program and how different managers handled the client conversations. When I look back on the program, I remember all the clients and colleagues I got to meet in the regional office rotations. The experience will stay with me throughout my working career.

Kate Hemphill
Rural Bank - A Division of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
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