Christine Jenkins, Strategy Analyst in Group Finance works part-time and uses unpaid leave.
"As an elite beach volleyball player, and formerly a world top 10 trampolinist, sport has always been a huge part of my life. A lot of athletes retire from their sport with no meaningful work experience or career to pursue. ANZ's flexible work arrangements mean that this will not be the case for me."
Christie joined ANZ as a graduate in the Strategy program in 2011, and now works in the Group Strategy team. "I looked at the flexibility policies of every company I applied to. In the end I decided to join ANZ as it not only offered a challenging and structured Graduate Program, but it also had the best reputation for supporting unique circumstances."
With a training schedule of upwards of 20 hours a week, as well as a demanding competition schedule playing the Australian National Beach Volleyball Tour over summer, Christie doesn't have a lot of down time. "To accommodate my sporting commitments, I take up to 4 weeks additional unpaid 'sporting leave' on top of the standard annual leave. This year I am also making the move to a part-time 4 day work week arrangement in order to make the leap to playing internationally."
"Every step of the way - from recruitment, through all my graduate rotations, and now in a permanent role - both ANZ policy and my managers have supported my sporting dreams, and helped me build a fulfilling and long-term career."
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