What tech jobs can I get at a bank?

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Rhiannon Nee-Salvador (left) spends her days trying to hack into Australia's biggest bank. Image: Tina Smigielski

Thinking of studying computer science or software engineering, but not sure where your degree could take you? These 5 computer science grads all work at Australia’s biggest bank.

1. Machine Learning Engineer

Genevieve Richards

Genevieve has studied a lot. And not just STEM-related courses typical of her engineering role. Now working as a grad at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), she kicked off her tertiary studies with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Linguistics) at The University of Queensland, where working on a computational linguistics project sparked her initial interest in tech.

Read her full profile here to find out how Genevieve uses this interesting mix of skills in her role as a Machine Learning Engineer at the CBA.

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Genevieve studied psychology and linguistics, followed by IT, before landing an awesome graduate gig at the CBA.

“The work I do impacts millions of customers.”

2. Financial Wellbeing Warrior

Jackson Cleary

As a student, software engineer Jackson Cleary knew the stress of living on a budget. The experience was valuable for his current role at the CBA, where he now builds tools to help others improve their financial situations.

“I lived pay-to-pay for years, so I understand the stress that comes with facing financial stress and the impact it can have on individuals and those around them,” says Jackson, who studied computer science at the University of New England, Armidale.

Read Jackson’s full profile here to find out how he is using his tech skills to help improve people’s financial wellbeing.

3. Ethical hacker

Rhiannon Nee-Salvador

Rhiannon’s role as a pen tester in the CBA’s graduate program is an important one. Often called ethical hackers, it’s the job of experts like Rhiannon to figure out where and how a hacker might break into an organisation’s computer system.

“I am passionate about privacy and preventing the erosion of our digital rights,” Rhiannon says.

Discover what Rhiannon’s 9-5 looks like here.

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Trying to think like a hacker and playing Dungeons & Dragons is all in a day’s work (and play) for CBA grad Rhiannon Nee-Salvador. 

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“I wanted to be at the intersection of finance and software development.”

4. CommSec Developer

Henry Zhao

When Henry was still a couple of years away from finishing high school, he was already solving problems with his DIY programming skills. “I wanted to make a simple music player app with huge buttons that my grandparents could use,” he recalls. “I did some online tutorials and hacked it together.”

By year 12, Henry knew he wanted a career in software development, which led him to enrol in a computer science degree at UNSW. He also picked up commerce to complement his tech skills and explore his interest in finance. “I wanted to be at the intersection of finance and software development,” says Henry.

Read Henry’s full profile for more about how he uses his skills in tech and finance to work on CBA’s stockbroking and investing platform.

5. Digital Forensics

Edmond Buzby

Edmond is just like the forensics heroes in TV shows like Bones or CSI, only he searches for digital evidence of crimes, collecting and preserving anything he finds for police and the legal system. This evidence may then be used in court proceedings and government enquiries.

As an eDiscovery and Digital Forensics Associate at the CBA, Edmond’s work is very important to the bank and its customers. “A lot of the work I do relates to high-profile and public matters, and investigations faced by the bank.”

Read more about Edmond’s cool cybersecurity gig here

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“You can study computer science with no prior programming knowledge, as long as you’re enthusiastic and willing to put in the effort to learn.”

This article is brought to you in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma has a degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and spent a semester studying environmental journalism in Denmark. She has been writing about science and engineering for over a decade.

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