Banking and agriculture a good mix
FOR Lauren Bosler, a graduate recruit at the Commonwealth Bank in Lismore, one of the best things about her new job is the location.
"I am loving the Northern Rivers and all the hidden treasures in Ballina, Byron and Bangalow, especially The Channon markets," she said.
As part of the bank's 12-month graduate program, Ms Bosler will spend the next 12 months rotating through different areas of the bank's operations.
"Part of the job as a business banker involves getting out in the field working with farmers and other businesses in the area," she said.
"I get to work with all types of businesses, including macadamia and stone fruit, and look at all types of small and large businesses.
"I get out in the field to understand the client's needs from the ground up.
"Growing up in Mudgee I had never seen a macca farm before.
"I am amazed at the amount of time and effort that the farmers put in before they see a return on their trees.
"But they are expecting a bumper crop this year."
Lauren developed her passion for regional Australia from growing up in Mudgee.
After gaining degrees in Business and Economics at the University of New England, she wanted to combine her interest in banking with her love of agriculture.
Warwick Murray, the Commonwealth Bank's general manager, Northern NSW, Regional and Agribusiness Banking, said the bank's agribusiness program continued to play a significant role in ensuring local university graduates were given the opportunity to pursue a career in the agribusiness industry.