There was no uncertainty in Sophia Guo’s strengths at school. “I always enjoyed subjects where there was a challenge: problem-solving and anything that involved logical thinking!” she says. Turning that into a degree was easy – she did a Bachelor of Commerce/Science majoring in finance and statistics at UNSW.
Narrowing those skills down to a single career? Not so simple. She spied the opportunity on campus to join CommBank’s grad program, which gave her a taste for workplace life, applying her strengths in different departments and understanding how the bank works as a whole. She got to try a few different roles, working in areas such as credit risk to make sure customers weren’t taking on loans they couldn’t afford. She says it was a great way to meet people, make new friends and find mentors with inspiring career trajectories.
“I think the CommBank grad program is a really great opportunity for anyone who’s unsure where they want to go. CommBank has so many opportunities so it was a good career path for me,” she says.
Sophia’s now using the problem-solving skills she loved in maths, along with communication skills, in her role in analytics strategy. Her team is responsible for coordinating data analytic activities across CommBank, both analysis of internal data (process efficiency, cost trends, etc) and customer data (to assist customers with their financial wellbeing).
“Maths is more than just getting the answers correct, there are a lot of skills in it for future roles – not just maths or data and analytic-related careers. You could work in strategy like me!”
– Eliza Brockwell
Sophia’s path from the CommBank grad program
> > Bachelor of Commerce and Science, UNSW
> > Risk Intern, CommBank
> > Risk Graduate, CommBank
> > Analyst, Economic Capital Strategy, CommBank
> > Senior Analyst, Analytics Strategy & Advisory, CommBank
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