Meet some recent grads

Don't take our word for it. Hear more about Westpac's Graduate Programmes from grads themselves.  

Clayton BalleClayton Balle

IT Graduate 2013

Clayton Balle started as an Information Technology Graduate in 2013, 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 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.”

Jasmine WongJasmine Wong

Generalist Graduate 2013

Jasmine Wong began at Westpac as a Generalist Graduate in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor Laws at the University of Auckland. Jasmine had the chance to have placements in Payments, Business Bank, Legal, Retail Bank and Risk throughout her time in the programme. Jasmine feels that the opportunity to rotate around different teams gave her the greatest value of the programme - “I got to understand how a large corporate works and how all the different teams fit together”. Whilst in her grad rotations, Jasmine was also involved in various community projects. One that really stood out for her was the Chopper fundraising project which she managed to raise an astonishing $17k.

Westpac is known for their commitment to sustainability and this is something Jasmine has always been very passionate about. When the opportunity arose to become a Community Executive in the Community and Sustainability team, Jasmine seized this and has been in the role for a year. Her role involves working with teams across the business as well as externally with community partners to develop and deliver community programmes of which financial education makes up a large part. “It is extremely rewarding to support and influence the Westpac sustainable business strategy and know that you’re working towards future proofing the business, society and the environment.”

Ella HannaElla Hanna

Private, Wealth & Insurance Graduate 2013

Ella Hanna started at Westpac New Zealand in 2013 as a specialist graduate within the Private Bank and Investment business. Ella has a degree in International Business and in Economics. Throughout her year on the Graduate Program, Ella spent time within three core areas. She began with the Investment Solutions team, assisting in underlying manager research and looking into how macro-economic events influence our investment strategy. She then spent time learning from financial advisers - meeting with clients, and discussing their financial aspirations, and assisted them with their long term financial planning. She completed an in depth research project which looked at what clients required from a Private Bank, and elements of Westpac’s offerings that could be developed and improved. Ella then moved to work for the Head of Investments where she enjoyed learning about various product offerings, and participating in product development and enhancement.

Ella secured a permanent role in the Wealth Product team. Her role involves working with different people around the bank to deliver the best possible experience for our valued clients. She develops communication strategies and delivers regular reporting to our investors, and is involved in investment product development and improvement.

She enjoys participating in projects outside of her role. She is a member of an Employee Action Group, which has made excellent progress in fostering an environment which seeks to support employees’ work/life balance and develop women leaders in the business. Recently Ella worked with a team to host an inspiring event which discussed the success, failures, defining career moments and personal development advice of influential New Zealanders.

Ella has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Westpac and would recommend the Westpac Graduate Program to anyone with a desire to learn from incredibly experienced people, and develop themselves personally and professionally in a supportive environment.