Clayton Balle started as an Information Technology Graduate, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Commercial Law and Information Systems) at the University of Auckland. During his time on the Programme, Clayton rotated through the Business Analysis, Information Security Group, Project Management and IT Infrastructure Services and Operations teams spending a year based in Wellington before moving to Auckland.
Clayton says that through the 2 year graduate programme he has been: mentored by some world class leaders who have taken the time to teach; exposed to every facet of the Westpac business; able to challenge himself through opportunities that would not normally be available to a new starter or someone with limited experience. Highlights include: Attending the 2015 Youth Leadership Summit in Sydney, meeting Richie McCaw and Sir John Kirwan while working as a Chopper Champion and co-ordinating fundraising events, designing and developing a charity website, working with technology vendors on next generation products and getting to test and evaluate tech products for Westpac including the latest iPhone and Samsung devices, watching the All Blacks win from a corporate box.
Looking back on his time as a Westpac graduate, Clayton reflects “I am grateful for the opportunity. Experiencing multiple disciplines and being able to learn from the experience of others really helped me to understand what I wanted from my career, how to turn a perceived failure into a positive and really develop a base of professional experience and skills. Being selected to the Westpac graduate programme afforded me a once in a lifetime experience, a chance to develop mentoring relationships which I am sure will continue throughout my career, make some lasting friendships and just as importantly, have a great time!”
Clayton is now in a permanent role as the Telco Service Assurance Manager in Westpac’s IT Infrastructure and Operations Team. Clayton says “I love that every day is different and that I am constantly being given the opportunity to try new things and learn new skills. With the support of my mentors I am able to take the lead on a number of initiatives and make choices on behalf of Westpac. Working closely with a variety of external parties and being involved in commercial and strategic discussions is always an eye opener and keeps you on your toes. It’s great to be so involved with Westpac and understand how what we do every day directly affects our customers and our staff.”