Name

Jessica Takla

City

Melbourne

What do you do?

I finished a double degree in Commerce and Economics, following that I started my career on a grad program with an accounting firm. I quickly worked it that it wasn’t my cup of tea so reapplied for the banking grad programs commencing the following year, from there I was fortunate to be accepted into the program with the National Australia Bank. I spent most of my time in the Corporate space where I was promoted from Analyst to a Senior Associate supporting customers who turn over between A$100m – A$1bn.

Why did you decide to embark on your chosen career?

It’s an exciting segment. Most of the customers I support are privately owned companies who have grown from a small one or two man operations to incredibly successful majors. In a lot of instances you enjoy strong relationships with the principals which makes the job so much more rewarding because after all, your job as their banker is help support their growth aspirations. Seeing them achieve their goals is the best part of my job and it makes every long night worth it.

How would you describe your workwear style?

I like to think my work style is modern chic.I like bold colours and funky patterns to brighten up the office.

Where do you shop for your workwear clothes?

Here in Australia we have a brand called Cue, they’re my go-to, always! Aside from there, Im a big lover of SABA and more recently, ZARA has been coming delivering the goods with their workwear collection. On trend and affordable! What more can you ask for.

What do you love the most about your city?

Melbourne is always a buzz, there always seems to be something on every weekend! Can never get bored! If you’ve never been you’d better pop it on the bucket list…

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What is your favourite place to go in your city?

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to brunch venues, my weekends are spent catching up with the girls over a nice coffee at one of our hundred amazing locations!

What do you wish was better about your city?

The miserable weather…

Is there anything about the culture/city that makes things hard for working women?

We are so fortunate here in Australia that most businesses are attune to the benefits of gender diversity in the work place; there’s always room to improve but we’ve come a long way!

What are your hopes for the future?

Gosh, that’s a tough one, I love banking so it’ll be where I stay for a little while longer…

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