By Phoebe Johnston
During the final year of my university studies I discovered that studying law leads to a number of different career opportunities. Personally, I was not sure whether I was ready to commit to a traineeship in a law firm. Hence, I decided to pursue something a little different and I would encourage any law student to think more widely about their career options – there are plenty of opportunities out there!
I found out about the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Graduate Program when the Bank held an information session at La Trobe Law School. Graduates experience over two years 4-5 rotations or roles in different areas of the Bank. This format was what most attracted me to the program. It allowed me to taste many different roles in the Bank and decide what I wanted to do in the future. Graduates receive on-the-job training as well as mentoring from senior officers. Upon completion of the program, graduates are encouraged to find a quality role within the organisation.
Law degrees are highly valued by employers, not necessarily because of the knowledge of the law that is obtained through studying, but because of the various skills that students acquire through completing a law degree. The recruitment process was extensive. G were put through an online application, a number of aptitude tests, a video interview, an assessment day with group and individual exercises, and finally a panel interview.
I highly recommend a Graduate Program to any students who are looking for diversity and accelerated learning in a fast-paced and supportive environment.
Phoebe Johnston completed a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Human Resource Management) at La Trobe University in 2014. She is currently employed as a Retail Graduate at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.