While I was growing up, I saw maths as a means to an end. But since I joined Commonwealth Bank (CBA) as a marketing graduate in home loan acquisitions, I’ve seen how maths can be used as a powerful tool to achieve business outcomes.
I think people believe maths skill is down to having an innate ability, but in reality it’s about how hard you’re willing to work at a problem. In the words of the intrepid actor Shia LaBeouf, “Dooo it… Just dooo it!” And while it didn’t seem immediately practical at school, I still use Year 11 algebra every day!
I started out in customer relations at CBA while completing a double degree in commerce and law at the University of Sydney. I’ve also worked in wealth management before starting my current role.
Although my background is in marketing, I really enjoy working on the technical side of things. Being at CBA has sparked my interest in taking a more analytical approach to marketing.
One of my favourite aspects of my job is having the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of people. It’s important to have a broad understanding of business and finance, and working with top-notch people has helped me develop this.
James’s path to becoming a marketing graduate
>> Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)/Law, University of Sydney
>> Service Improvement Specialist (Communications), Commonwealth Bank
>> Marketing Graduate, Home Loans and Acquisitions (Group Marketing and Strategy), Commonwealth Bank