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What it is like starting your first job – from your spare room


ANZ Bank has hired graduates in recent months. Its group executive of talent and culture, Kathryn van der Merwe, says “we recognise the importance of helping new employees during their on-boarding to feel a sense of belonging. This is especially true for our graduates who tend to be new to the corporate workforce.”

“What we hear from our graduate community, is that they value social connection over long training sessions,” she said. To provide this connection, ANZ has given access to “online learning, buddies, social and knowledge committees, employee networks such as our pride network, people-leader guidance, coaching and mentoring”.

Mr Brooke said working from home can be a little disjointed, but Zoom has been a really useful tool. “To share screens and mirror what the other person is doing and from there I can see first-hand what I need to do and my manager can correct me as I do it as well … so it’s not too bad,” he said.

Professor Cooper believes this challenging experience will benefit young people.

“I think that young people who have been working through the COVID shutdown will have built up quite a bit of resilience and the capacity to work in ambiguity which perhaps many of their older colleagues might not have had as their first forging experience in the workplace,” she said.

Despite the challenges Mr Brooke, he says his manager has helped him adjust.

“She has helped me massively, just making sure that I’m comfortable and that I was up to date with everything that was happening,” he said.

Mr Brooke’s first day ended with a virtual meeting with the rest of his team where he said he felt very welcomed.

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