When he is not running half marathons or competing in triathlons Neil can be seen early mornings, training with his outdoor fitness group. With his eyes focused on the next endurance event, Neil has used his competitive streak to raise funds for Bear Cottage at the Westmead Children’s Hospital while competing in the City2Surf. Neil has long enjoyed setting goals and achieving. He was awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, a real test of endurance and commitment.
When he is not running, cycling or working Neil is actively managing his personal share portfolio. His interest was kick started when he completed an intensive Alternative Investments Summer School at the London School of Economics.
Having immersed himself in the graduate program, Neil has enjoyed the diversity of learning opportunities available. One day he is launching a new product and another setting up a new distribution partner, or presenting a financial model to the CFO of one of our international broker partners. Every day is a challenge for Neil.
“Through my experience as a graduate at Allianz, I have learned that initiative, critical thinking and emotional intelligence will enable you to conquer any business problem and deliver solutions that best fit the needs of your customers, whether they are internal or external.”
Independent and resourceful, Seena moved to Australia from New Zealand to study in Melbourne. The opportunity of being offered a place in the Allianz Graduate Program brought her to Sydney where she is chasing her career aspirations.
Seena enjoys life to the full whether it’s studying, playing sport or doing charity work. From winning the best club social team in indoor netball to donating her money to the Achieving Potential Scholarship Fund (Monash University), Seena thrives on taking an active role.
The Allianz Graduate Program has provided Seena with an integrated learning approach in her rotation, supported with the networking events fostered by senior management.
“The work environment here is great. You don’t have to leave your personality at the door. Bringing in a fresh perspective as a graduate is valued as greatly as experience.”
“Sponsors and mentors have been the key towards helping me shape my career development and goals.”
If Kristen isn’t playing netball for Allianz or on the field playing hockey, she is immersed in her rotations on the Allianz Graduate Program. Gaining a broad exposure to different divisions, Kristen has valued the mentoring she’s received from her managers, who have encouraged and challenged her to perform at her best.
Kristen developed a keen interest in business while she was editor of the University of Technology magazine, Vertigo. Working to deadlines, managing a budget and conducting interviews with award winning musicians and artists, with the support of her team, gave Kristen a head start in business skills she could bring to the Graduate Program.
“One of the best things about working with Allianz is the opportunities for professional development – I have participated in public speaking workshops, completed an industry recognised qualification and attended valuable networking events.”
“It is great to work for a dynamic global organization with a wide range of career pathways and limitless options.”
Raised in Sydney, Jess has always felt a strong connection to country life. During high school and uni holidays, Jess worked as a farm hand on a dairy farm, which ignited her passion for agriculture, and led to her studying Agricultural Business Management.
With a love of trying new things and exploring the world, Jess has volunteered in an orphanage in Thailand, taught English in a local Thai school and travelled to 14 countries. These unique experiences have given Jess a broader view of the world and how agriculture impacts on people’s lives.
Joining the Allianz Graduate program in 2017, Jess loves that she has the perfect mix of building a corporate career, while still being immersed in the agricultural community.
“I’ve already developed my skills tenfold from when I began at Allianz. The support of my managers and mentors is incredible. I get to work on such an array of tasks and get exposure to senior executives on a daily basis. The work I get exposure to is really interesting.”