Alumni career profile: Brandon

Alumni career profile: Brandon

Degree

Secondary Education and Arts - 2017

Current role

Strategic Workforce Planning Consultant - HR

Company

Westpac Group

Current work activities and projects

I work within the Group Workforce Planning and Organisation Design teams here at Westpac Group. Our main function is to identify the right talent capabilities that Westpac needs to deliver on our Service Promise. HR is responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives which drive business decisions including talent acquisition, inclusion and diversity, workforce planning, organisational design and group capability to name a few. In HR, we truly believe that our people are our customers, and our main objective is to build a workplace that people not only want to work in but can thrive in.

Highlights of the role

One thing I genuinely love about Westpac is the culture and its people. Everyone is incredibly kind and willing to share information and time with you. Our Service Promise and five core values is something that Westpac truly embraces, and you can really see it every day.

Achievements

I’m not going to lie, there have been some daunting and challenging moments! One of my career highlights to date definitely has to be my nomination to personally facilitate a session with our CEO, Brian Hartzer. This was held in front of the entire graduate cohort, and the purpose was to discuss the future direction of the bank in the finance industry.  It took a great deal of courage for me to share the stage with him, but it was a truly amazing learning experience and something I am very proud of.

Highlights of UNSW

Creating some lifelong friendships with a great diversity of people from all over the world. I will always have fond memories of eating lunch on a sunny day with friends on the beautiful library lawn.

I attended the UNSW careers expo every year! I utilised UNSW Careers and Employment job opportunities portal to search for jobs and internships. I also attended some professional workshop series run by CBA and Westpac on resume writing, networking and assessment centres.

As I studied an Education/Arts degree at UNSW, I was more invested in networking with teachers and senior researchers in these faculties as opposed to business. However, it was through these relationships that I found my passion was for solving complex people problems that led me to HR and business so I value the input I received from my lecturers.

Advice for current students

Use your time at university productively! Get involved in societies, internships, networking events or any work experiences that are actually interesting for you (not just those relevant to your degree). This will not only grow your professional network but enable you to find what motivates you, something that is invaluable as you progress into the working world.