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Adrian Hoffman

Things are heating up...

Adrian Hoffman | Tue, 01 Oct 2019

As the weather starts getting warmer again, and I realise I’m already 9 months into the graduate program, it’s a good time to reflect on everything I’ve been a part of since I started here at Rural Bank.

My first rotation in Risk gave me an opportunity to get involved in the Banking Code of Practice project. I worked with key stakeholders both internal and external to the bank to understand the requirements of the new Code, determine the changes needed within the bank, and implement these changes to ensure we are not just meeting the Code, but doing what’s right for our customers.

I knew I was looking for a graduate program, as this provides a great opportunity to get started in your career. After a lot of searching, I discovered the Ag Achievers program at Rural Bank. Initially, I just assumed I’d clicked the wrong field in my job search: why would a bank want an engineering graduate? However, a quick check showed the program took graduates from a huge range of fields, engineering included – so I read on.

Call it good timing, but I then had the opportunity to jump straight into another major project for the bank: the return of the Rural Bank authorised deposit-taking institution licence (ADI), more commonly referred to as our banking licence. Rural Bank was already fully owned by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group, however the return of our ADI on 31 May meant we became a division, operating under the Group ADI. This required a massive effort to ensure all our documentation, ranging from marketing material to security deeds, reflected the change. Amelia, my fellow Adelaide based graduate and I, completed a full audit to determine the documents that would need changing, sizing out the scale of the task, before consulting with the affected business units to determine the resourcing required, and playing a fundamental role in delivering the required changes in time.

After the project heavy start, I wanted to get back to the fundamentals of lending, so secured my next rotation in the Credit department. Working closely with some of our incredibly experienced and knowledgeable lending managers, I’ve learned the ins and outs of assessing an application for credit, gaining exposure to how we help farmers keep doing what they love, even when times get tough.

Now, back to the present, and the projects, with my new rotation in the Business Redesign Team. While it’s still early days, I’ve already had the chance to play in a role in some exciting initiatives as we strive to continuously improve our business.

It’s been a great first half of the program, and I’m excited to see what the next 9 months will bring.

Starting out

Adrian Hoffman | Fri, 01 Mar 2019

It’s been a very quick six weeks, but (I think) I’ve found my feet here at Rural Bank. How I got here, though, is a different story.

Growing up in the Riverland of South Australia, I’ve been surrounded by agriculture most of my life. When a career as an engineer didn’t appeal to me after completing my mechanical engineering degree, I decided to see what my other options were.

I knew I was looking for a graduate program, as this provides a great opportunity to get started in your career. After a lot of searching, I discovered the Ag Achievers program at Rural Bank. Initially, I just assumed I’d clicked the wrong field in my job search: why would a bank want an engineering graduate? However, a quick check showed the program took graduates from a huge range of fields, engineering included – so I read on.

The focus on agriculture really resonated with me, and the more I researched the more great things I found. Between the flexibility to tailor the program to suit my needs, the opportunity to work across so many areas of the business, and the community involvement activities run by the Bank, I figured, why not give it a shot?

While you always focus on giving the best first impression to a potential employer, it’s so important to consider the first impressions they give to you. The people at Rural Bank are what really make it stand out, and from the first email I received after I applied for the program, to an assessment centre that felt completely relaxed (trust me, that didn’t happen anywhere else) I was immediately struck by how friendly everyone was. After six weeks I can safely say that’s just what it’s like here.

If you’re reading this and thinking about the graduate program, no matter what your background is, just apply. You really do have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

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