Name: Stacey Vella
Job Title: Actuarial Analyst
University Attended: Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Degree qualification: Bachelor Degree of Mathematics
Year of graduation: 2014
What's your story/background?
I have always been fascinated by numbers; from simply counting signs on a road trip as a boredom cure, to solving complicated equations just for the thrill of finally cracking it. This one passion has driven me since I was a kid with a calculator, right through high school into university, where I started a Bachelor Degree of Mathematics at QUT. Majoring in Statistics and Operational Research, I decided to go out into the world and apply my skills in practical areas rather than delve into theoretical research like many of my peers did at the time.
What’s it like working at Suncorp?
Working at Suncorp has been an amazing experience so far. The flexible work environment not only includes being able to work from home but extends to the flexible way of thinking that allows me to feel safe in trying new things without fear of failure or embarrassment. The environment at Suncorp makes me feel confident in asking questions no matter how obvious or simple the answer might be. My leaders have supported me without fail in both my professional and personal goals, while also providing a fun and exciting team dynamic that allows me to feel part of something bigger than just my own role.
Why did you apply to the Suncorp Graduate program?
I applied for the Suncorp graduate program at a careers fair during my final year of university. As I wondered through the many stalls, Suncorp immediately drew me in. I have banked with Suncorp my entire life, so the logo was incredibly familiar to me. I quickly discovered that not only were they only stall that knew what to do with a math graduate, but they also provided a friendly face in a time when I wasn’t sure where my life was heading.
How would you describe the Suncorp Grad community?
The Suncorp graduate community is like a family. Yes, I know how cliché that sounds but it’s true. I’ve made lifelong friends from this program as well as getting unwavering support in my personal and professional development. The graduate community is the perfect safe, no-fail space to learn professional skills that will help you through your career such as public speaking and effective communication. Building your own personal network with other graduates around the company is another benefit that can help you move into different business areas. I can’t stress enough how important the community is. Just to have that feeling of support in a time where confidence may be a little low can really change your outlook on the present and your future career as well.
What graduate community activities were you involved in? Which ones were your favourite and why?
The graduate community at Suncorp organises a diverse range of activities to help you build your skills as a young professional and to build a network with other graduates. I got involved with as many graduate community activities as I possibly could because at the end of the day, you get out what you put in. The graduate program is no exception. My favourite activities were the events that allowed me to extend my network and strengthen my relationships with other graduates from different business areas. These ranged from social events like after work drinks and board game nights, to graduate run lunch & learn seminars.
What has been the most exciting part of working at Suncorp so far?
This is a hard one to narrow down. I guess the most exciting part of working at Suncorp so far has been the numerous opportunities to grow and experience new things that I never thought I would be able to. I could not have even imagined that merely working for a company would provide me with experiences that I will never forget.
What advice would you give to current students interested in applying to one of our programs?
My only advice to students interested in applying for Suncorp is to not be afraid to be yourself. Suncorp is an incredibly open and diverse company that encourages you to embrace individuality and innovation and therefore will support you in achieving your goals and reaching your dreams.