Six weeks seems to have flown by so fast, but that’s how long it’s been since our first week induction with the bank. From that point on I’ve felt so welcomed by the business that it’s hard to believe I have only been a part of it for such a short time!
I came to Rural Bank from an agricultural background in South Australia. After leaving school, I worked for Elders and other companies in various roles before deciding that university would be a good way of broadening the opportunities available to me. So, as a mature aged student, I made my way to the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Animal Science.
On completion of my degree I found myself at a bit of a cross roads, I knew a lot of the things I liked or didn’t like in a job, but I still had no career path. Luckily, I stumbled across the advertisement for the Rural Bank program a couple of days before it closed.
I already knew of Rural Bank from my time at Elders, but a bit more research showed me that the business aligned with so many of my personal values. Not only by being Australia’s only Australian owned and operated agribusiness bank, but by advocating for more women in ag, supporting local communities and assisting in such a fundamental way to drive the future of Australian agriculture.
The recruitment process only reinforced the idea that Rural Bank was somewhere I wanted to be. I’ve had a few interviews in my time and I can safely say that the interview and assessment centre with Rural Bank has been the nicest I’ve experienced. If I hadn’t already been convinced this role was for me, that would have sold me.
My first rotation has seen me in the credit department, which has given me a good introduction to the foundation of our business. As I write this, I am sitting in an Elders branch where some of our sales force operate. I’ve just spent a week here seeing how the information I’ve been reviewing in credit is collated and how our people operate in the field. This has demonstrated just how important our relationships to our clients are.
I’m very excited about the next 18 months, and the opportunity to test out so many areas within the business. There are so many more directions to explore than I realised, and I can’t wait to see where the program will take me.
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