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Passing the Torch: Interview with 2019 Co-presidents – Caitlan Howle

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I am a third-year student studying a combined commerce and science degree. Outside of uni, I enjoy singing and I am currently working for the Australian Girls Choir to fulfil this passion. After graduating from university, I am hoping to go into a management consulting role.

 

What motivated you to join Capital W?

In my first year, I was approached by Capital W members at the Business School student orientation. They were incredibly passionate about the society so I went along to the first-year social and met a number of like-minded women which prompted me to join. It was a great female community and I really resonated with the mission of trying to connect female students with industry and equip them with the skills to be career-ready.

 

What was your first year in Capital W like? 

The landscape of the team was so different! Capital W was much smaller and I joined in a cohort of only seven subcommittee members. Our team was very close, which I think is a tremendous benefit and some of my closest friends today are from that team. 

I was part of the IT portfolio, who at the time, was in the process of redesigning the website and relaunching the blog. I was fortunate to have a real impact in this process which had both technical and creative components. We were also allowed to move around portfolios so I got to experience being in HR where I helped organise the welcome back social for Semester Two. It was a great experience and the reason why I chose to continue my journey with Capital W as I felt like I was really part of the community. 

Additionally, the exposure to the industry is incredible and is something that I wouldn’t have engaged in during my first year had I not been in Capital W. I definitely credit a lot of the skills I have developed to the role models that I had in Capital W as a first-year student. 

 

Are there any experiences have you been through in Capital W before becoming the Co-President that you think is crucial and had a big impact? 

Taking on initiatives as a Director, putting my hand up to take on additional tasks and helping to organise different workshops gave me lots of experiences that have been invaluable in the Co-President role. In particular, running the 2018 subcommittee drive where we expanded our team quite significantly was a great learning experience. It was a big undertaking and being able to manage the workload of Capital W responsibilities, my studies and part-time work was a valuable opportunity to learn how to effectively time manage which I think is crucial especially when being Co-President. The workload is very significant and I was grateful to have had a brief taste of that during subcommittee recruitment. 

We also didn’t have an events portfolio last year, so I was quite heavily involved in the logistical side of Annual Dinner. It taught me a big lesson in balancing a large number of personal preferences and needs which is an important part of my current role.

 

I know that balancing between the presidency, school work and work is very hard and I would like to know how you managed all the three things?

Balancing the three requires a lot of planning; knowing what are the times that are non-negotiable in terms of work, Capital W and uni commitments, as well as being available for last-minute emergencies that are quite inevitable. A great thing that Henrietta and I have done when the work became a little bit overwhelming was to both have an evening off Capital W where we just ignore all the emails and messages. We have been referring it to our “date night” where we can just focus on either work, uni or social life and this has been a real help. With everything being so digital now, it’s very easy just to be constantly on your phone checking emails, checking messages, so sometimes, you just need to block off time, switch off and focus on something else. 

 

How would you describe your experience as a co-president of Capital W?

Challenging and rewarding at the same time. Managing the annual changes with new Directors as well as introducing new portfolios, events and sponsorship models has been challenging at times. On the other hand, some of the opportunities that have come as part of this role have been amazing! Speaking in front of over 200 people was something that I don’t think many university students could say that they have done, and I was fortunate to do this at Annual Dinner in a room filled with students, sponsor representatives and special guests. As well as this, I was able to lead our O-Week team where I was able to meet the next cohort of female students at the UNSW Business School.

 Despite this, the most rewarding part has been working alongside Henrietta. She has had incredible experiences both at university and at work and I honestly don’t think I could have done the job without her. I have learnt so much in this role and am so privileged to be part of a team that genuinely cares about fulfilling our mission.

  

What makes Capital W special to you?

I think the community of people that are so passionate about helping women to be career-ready makes Capital W truly special. The conversations I have had with students at events have always been fantastic and we are fortunate to have so many connections with sponsors who have been helpful in giving students opportunities to build their skills. Working as part of a team where we all get along also makes Capital W so enjoyable.

 

What do envision Capital W to be like after your presidency?

Each year the presidents, Henrietta and I included, go in with these grand ideas of things we want to accomplish and it’s really hard to manage everything. Having said this, I believe the incoming Co-Presidents will do a great job in continuing some of the initiatives that we have started this year and further increasing our reach. I know there have been discussions about changing the sponsorship model lately and I can see them bringing in new sponsors that would broaden Capital W’s reach to not just business students, but also more STEM students. Additionally, I can see a continuation of the Women in AI series as it is both a great opportunity for Capital W and the broader UNSW community. Continuing a tight-knit team with the Capital W culture is also something I think the incoming Capital W Co-Presidents would want to continue and strengthen. 

 

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Paving the Way: Interview with 2019 Co-presidents – Henrietta Chui

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I am a fourth-year Commerce Co-op Student majoring in Marketing and Information systems. I am currently doing my Co-op placement at American Express in its Channel Strategy team. In my free time, I like to do hot yoga. I also play instruments like the piano and trombone. 

 

What motivated you to join Capital W?

When I first started uni, I didn’t know what societies to join and a 2nd year marketing Co-op student recommended me Capital W. She said I should definitely join if I wanted to do something meaningful and meet some great students. 

 

What was your first year in Capital W like? 

I was part of the marketing portfolio back then and I have continued my journey in Capital W as a marketing director. 

A lot has changed since I first got into Capital W in terms of culture and social media. We have developed a stronger focus on digital analytics and STEM this year.

There has also been a drastic increase in the number of members of Capital W. When I just started in Capital W, we probably had a team of 20 and now we have 40. It is really hard to still see every person and get everyone together with such a big team.

Overall, we are trying to develop more of the social side – it is a lot more social and open now. We see the ideas from subcommittee members more and more as the get involved. The case competition and the planning of careers fair are more subcommittee members driven this year, including the subcommittee members-led event as well. 

 

Were there any experiences have you been through in Capital W before becoming the president that you think was crucial and had a big impact? 

The Beyond mentoring program, which I had to lead when I was the VPA. We just knew that we wanted a mentoring program, but we didn’t know what would it look like, what events we want, and how we would structure it. That gave me a lot of experience and leading them and learning how to delegate tasks. We didn’t have as many subcommittees members back then for mentoring, and so the VPA had to look after the event. It was a really good experience to talk to sponsors and students. I also liked the freedom of changing things and developing new events like the Case Crack. We always get feedback from mentors and mentees so we could change the events around the year. That was a really good experience and I want to make sure the team has the space to explore and develop their new initiatives and ideas.

 

I know that balancing between the presidency, school work and work is very hard and I would like to know how you managed all the three things? 

The best thing about Capital W is that most of the time you have the Co-presidents and directors, which means that you always have someone that you could talk to and support you. I do believe that it is important to have that person no matter at uni or work.

I think doing more things, staying in the societies and working at the same time pushes you to not procrastinate. Getting things done, I spend lots of my time writing emails on the train. It’s also important to trust the team, let go and believe that the team can get things done so that you don’t have to do it all yourself. If you enjoy what you do, you wouldn’t think that the workload is heavy. I enjoy work as there is a good culture there, I love being part of Capital W so sometimes I don’t feel like there is much of a workload.

 

How would you describe your experience as a co-president of Capital W?

Rewarding – I truly believe that we have to remember why we are doing and why we run the events. With events such as Annual Dinner, it’s a lot of work and I know a lot of people don’t continue societies in their final year because they just want to relax and don’t have to worry about things but I am really glad that I continued because it is rewarding to see great events happening, and first years growing and end up leading their own events, which is something I find really special. 

Coffee – I really like it when I get to catch up with my mentee and other sub comms, VPs and have coffee with them.

 

What makes Capital W special to you?

We have extremely high standards and expectations in running events. We are known to companies for being the most professional to work with. We do everything possible to run a great event and support their goals of what students they would want to recruit. The only reason we are able to do that is that we have a team that cares. Our team is very high achieving and busy and to have a broad range of skills and degrees. The events that we run also make us really different. We are one of the first all-women societies and the first women in business society in Sydney out of all the universities to start off with. This history gives us a really strong background, we have a lot of alumni that are still involved and invested in what we do. 

 

What do envision Capital W to be like after your presidency?

A lot more companies are looking for diverse people, so more focused on STEM backgrounds and running events that align with that. 

More unity is also something I would like to see in the future, I have always thought that somehow in some way, male students should be involved in Capital W. They do attend the International Women’s Day Breakfast but if we really want to achieve our goal to empower women in the workplace, we need to empower each other at every level. This is what I would like to see in the future, more unity in both genders and across universities. 

 

What are your plans for the future after being the president of Capital W?

When I go into full-time work next year, I hope I can still be involved in a women’s network or a diversity network. Maybe coming back as a sponsor representative one day! With our generation, everything is open, with so many opportunities to change our careers, so I think it is really great that I have learnt about different industries through Capital W. Even though I have no idea what I will end up doing, I am excited to start. 

NED Talks

Nomura Educational Talks

NED Talks

NED Talks (Nomura Educational Talks) is a series of career webinars open to students from all backgrounds, locations, degrees and disciplines.  NED Talks will cover a range of topics, aimed to equip students with a better understanding of the industry, insider tips to what we look for, how to prepare for your interviews and transition from campus to the corporate world.

Meet us virtually and ask questions to find out more. These sessions would benefit students applying for our Asia Graduate Internships and for pre-penultimate students who will get a head start for the 2020 Australian Summer Internships.

Register for each of the events:

The What, Where & How Guide to starting a career in Banking & Finance

Wednesday 2nd October: 8am – 8.30am Hong Kong Time

Considering a career in Banking & Finance, or simply want to find out more?  This is a great session for students at all levels who are interested to learn more about the industry and how to navigate their job search.

Hear it from the Insider – our Investment Banking team

Wednesday 9th October: 8am – 8.30am Hong Kong time

Ever wonder what does an investment banker really do?  Hear it from the insider as our representatives from the Investment Banking team share their experience in this session.

Hear it from the Insider – our Global Markets team

Wednesday 16th October: 8am – 8.30am Hong Kong time

Ever wonder what sales people and traders really do in an investment bank?  Hear it from the insider as our representatives from the Global Markets team share their experience in this session.

Hear it from the Insider – our Interviewers

Wednesday 30th October: 8am – 8.30am Hong Kong Time

Wednesday 30th October: 4.30pm – 5pm Hong Kong Time

Going through interviews or about to start the process?  Hear it from the insider as our interviewers and recruiters share their experience in this session.

How to transition from Campus to Corporate

Wednesday 5th Feb 2020: 7am – 7.30am Hong Kong Time

Graduating or starting an internship soon?  Get tips on how to transition from Campus to Corporate and meet us virtually to ask questions and find out more.

Nomura Women's Grad Internship

2020 Global Markets Women’s Graduate Internship – Hong Kong

About the Program

Being part of our Women’s Graduate Internship program means you will gain first-hand experience and insights to a career in markets, in one of the world’s key financial hubs – Hong Kong. You will have the opportunity to feel our culture, acquire valuable on-the-job training and expand your network. At the end of the 12-weeks program, full-time offers will be extended to strong performers to commence work immediately in either our Hong Kong or Singapore office.

The Graduate Internship will run from February to May 2020 in our Hong Kong office. You will be provided with a brief orientation, followed by on-going training on the desk. You will join one of the teams in GM, ranging from Sales & Trading, Structuring, Execution Services and Research. Our goal is to give you with a meaningful experience and help you develop by providing you with diverse responsibilities throughout the program.

About You

At Nomura, our goal is to attract and develop exceptionally talented people who share our passion for individual excellence and our commitment to teamwork. You are a student who is graduating in 2019 and has a keen interest to work in Asia. You have outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievement, and can withstand the rigors of a rapidly changing, demanding but ultimately rewarding environment.

You are someone with a personality, good communicator and a keen interest in business and finance (though you may not have studied this before). Other common traits amongst our team are intelligence, curiosity, diligence, integrity and the willingness and capability to thrive under a challenging environment.

Eligibility

We welcome diversity in our teams and would encourage students from all background and disciplines to apply. You must be graduating in 2019 and available from February to May 2020 for the program. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. This role is open to Australian & International Students. 

Application Deadline

Please apply before 11:55am, Sunday 13 Oct, 2019 (EST). For inquiries, please email campusrecruitingaej@nomura.com

Westpac Graduate Program

Are you an unconventional thinker?

Are you ready to shape the future of banking?

Westpac Group invites final year university students or recent graduates to apply for new opportunities available in the 2020 Graduate Program within the following business areas:

  • Business Banking
  • Corporate & Institutional Banking
  • Group Data

It might surprise you to know that we want Graduates from all degrees of study. At Westpac Group, we embrace diversity of thought and we want thinkers and innovators from all fields of study. Our Graduate Program is full of passionate, dynamic people including; scientists, engineers, technologists and even historians! So, if you’re looking to take your degree to new heights, join a Graduate Program to be proud of.

To find out more about Westpac Group, the diverse range of Graduate opportunities and to apply, visit: Westpac Group Graduate Website.

Applications are now open and close 11:59 (AEST) Sunday 29th September 2019.

We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the very best of luck in the process.

2020 Grad Internship Singapore

Nomura 2020 Graduate Internship Investment Banking – Singapore

Build your Investment Banking career at Nomura
2020 Graduate Internship Investment Banking – Singapore

Are you a final year student looking for a graduate role and considering a career in Investment Banking? We are
looking for impressive graduates who we can support and develop within our fast moving environment and are
ready to take on responsibility and take control of their future. Recognising people’s efforts and empowering
them to do more is central to Nomura’s success in building a strong and competitive business.

About Us
Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30
countries. By connecting markets East & West, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions,
corporates and governments through its four business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, Wholesale (Global
Markets and Investment Banking), and Merchant Banking. Driven by the insights of some 28,000 people
worldwide, we put our clients at the centre of everything we do, delivering unparalleled access to, from and
within Asia.

Our Investment Banking group provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations,
financial institutions, private equity, governments and public-sector organizations around the world.
Collaborating across geographies, industries and products, we provide comprehensive and innovative financing,
advisory and risk solutions to our clients.

Our Program
Apply now for our 2020 Investment Banking Graduate Internship. The program will run for 12 weeks from
February to April 2020 in our Singapore office. As part of the program, you will gain first-hand experience and
insights to a career in investment banking. The Graduate Internship program is one of the pipelines for our
Graduate Analyst Program in Singapore. At the end of the internship, full-time offers will be extended to strong
performers to join our Investment Banking Analyst program in 2020.

Eligibility
Final year students graduating on or before December 2019, with the right to live and work in Singapore.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required, and Southeast Asian language skills will be highly
advantageous.

Apply Now
To apply, you must register and apply online, complete our application form as well as upload your CV and
academic transcript. Applications close 11:55 EST, Monday 30 th September 2019. To apply now and for further
information, please visit: https://www.nomura.com/asia/careers/

PwC Tech Academy 2019

PwC Tech Academy

If you’re fascinated by how technology is reshaping our world and are interested to see how your skills can contribute to solving real problems, then PwC’s Tech Academy is for you! This one day immersive experience is your chance to get up-close with thought leaders in the tech, cyber and data space and better understand how your capabilities can inspire a new wave of thinking to create a better world. This annual event is open to all students and recent graduates. Apply now: http://www.pwc.com.au/tech-academy-registration

PwC’s Trainee Insight Evening

Are you keen to learn how you can earn and study at the same time? Discover how at PwC’s Trainee Insight Evening. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with leaders who started creating their careers through the Trainee Program, network with recent Trainees, as well as gain a genuine understanding of what the program entails, and how your daily work will be contributing to meaningful change.
 
The Insight Evening will be held in both Sydney and Melbourne, and is open to students graduating in 2021. Places are limited so register your interest to attend today via this form 
 
Don’t forget – Trainee Program applications are open now! Find out more on the website.  
Trainee & sem 2 asset

PwC Trainee Program and Semester 2 Roles

Applications are now open for new trainee, grad and vaccie roles. Start creating your career today. Hit the link to apply now!

Capital W Annual Dinner 2019: She Means Business

Capital W’s Annual Dinner 2019 took place on June 11th in the stunning Doltone House venue. With more than 200 students, alumni and industry representatives in attendance, the banquet room was bustling with excitement. The night started with open networking over canapes where 109 students had the opportunity to gain insights from representatives over a range of industries including, investment banking, professional services, consulting, retail & constitutional banks and, data & technology. 

Students then had the opportunity to rotate between two sponsor tables of their preference, for their main course and dessert. “The chance to talk one-on-one with business leaders was really valuable as we could learn about their experiences and ask for their advice,” a student attendee shared.

 

The highlight of the night was Deanne Stewart’s keynote speech. Deanne Stewart joined First State Super as the Chief Executive Officer in 2018. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in financial services in superannuation and insurance sectors in Australia and internationally. This includes years as Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Investment Management in New York, and as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company in London. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in Commerce (Finance and Marketing) and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management as a Fulbright Scholar.

 

Imparting her wisdom with the audience, Deanne divided her experiences into two parts: the experience part, wherein Deanne explores different fields of business, and the leadership part, wherein Deanne takes on leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, Metlife and First State Super. 

 

Having once been in the stage of being an experience gatherer, Deanne explained that it is best not to focus on finding the “perfect role” as a fresh graduate, but rather, explore more about the professional world. After graduating, She joined BT, where she had four roles in the five years she was there. Her various roles allowed Deanne to gain different experiences and an in-depth understanding of operations within the company. 

 

After receiving her MBA from Yale, Deanne pursued a career at McKinsey & Company. She drew attention to the ability to handle complex problems and present the solution with simplicity. Problem-solving, using tools, frameworks and partnerships, was proven to be important in the latter part of Deanne’s career development.

 

Deanne proceeded to take up leadership roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where the essence of experiences she had transferred to leadership. The importance of accepting one’s flaws from peer and subordinate feedback was emphasised. Deanne further explained that rather than blaming others, one must use feedback to improve. 

 

Deanne also emphasised the importance of family and well-being while working. She suggested that going lateral or backwards may not necessarily be a bad thing. She reminded the audience that reflection and self-awareness are ways to derive a  purpose to work towards. For Deanne, her purpose is to make a difference, to contribute to the Australian culture and society. To achieve her goals, Deanne decided to become the CEO of MetLife, where she balanced her credibility, executive presence and sponsorship. These are the three characteristics that make a person a leader. 

 

To Deanne, She Means Business is a vision and a future that is not far, as she sees the demand for more women in the Australian business environment. Deanne believes that everyone can make a huge difference in the community. 

 

The night ended on a high, with students’ minds brimming with new ideas and information about the various industries and firms. A highlight was hearing Deanne talk about her experiences and the lessons she learned from trying many different roles, switching industries as well as balancing family with being a successful female CEO. This definitely gave both students and young professionals another perspective on all the possibilities in their career.