I applied for Suncorp’s graduate program twice. That’s how keen I was!

I first spoke with the Suncorp team at a careers fair and just immediately had a gut feel that this was the place for me.

Many accountants steer towards a clear career path at a public accounting firm, and that's great for them, but I knew it wasn't for me. I wanted to work somewhere where variety in my career was encouraged.

I was disappointed not to be accepted into the program in 2021. But I didn’t waste that year. I went and worked with a public accounting firm, honed my skills, and gave it another go for 2022. I think people here respected my drive – I landed the job!

Since starting with Suncorp, I’ve been surprised by how open-minded people are – everyone is so easy to talk to. I’ve had exposure speaking with people who are much higher up than me, and it’s not a big deal or expected that you only talk through a manager. I’ve learned really quickly as a result.

Once, I mentioned to someone that I was having trouble understanding a concept, and she immediately booked in a one-hour meeting and took the time to explain it to me, despite her busy workload. That’s the kind of people who work here.

I’m already shaping my career – but you have to ask for it; no one is going to give it to you. There is room to thrive here, if you are willing to chase after what you want.

Laura Hedges

I’m already shaping my career – but you have to ask for it; no one is going to give it to you.

Through the graduate program, I’m able to complete my Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) qualification, and I’ve been able to ask my leader for tasks that match what I’m currently learning, which has been incredible. But it only happened because I had the confidence to ask.

Likewise, like all Suncorp graduates, I get to rotate through different areas of the business, and by speaking with my leader about my goals, I’ve been able to have some say in where I’d like to go next – even “interviewing” some of the managers to learn more about their teams. There is room to thrive here, if you are willing to chase after what you want.

I’m still figuring it out as I go. I don’t know yet what I want to do for the rest of my life – who does? But I know at Suncorp I’ll have the opportunity to figure it out. I can try new things. Make some mistakes. Hopefully one day find my niche.

Either way, the future is bright.