Adrika Sri Bawan's story
Adrika Sri Bawan joined ANZ as one of 116 graduates in February 2020 after being encouraged to apply by her parents, who have worked at ANZ for many years.
"My mum told me that ANZ is a place where you are accepted for who you are, they treat you with respect and dignity and there are lots of opportunities to grow."
Adrika has bi-lateral profound hearing loss and her communication is assisted by seeing a person’s face, so she can lip-read and see facial expressions.
Audio calls using conferencing facilities were initially challenging. "It was exhausting for me as I couldn’t understand what was being said," recalls Adrika.
Working with the Graduate team to find a solution, she acquired a ‘mini-mic’ which is compatible with her Bluetooth enabled cochlear implants. "It’s important that as an individual, one raise that awareness and educate the community and wider society to enable them to understand one’s disability," said Adrika.
"ANZ is a safe and secure workplace that has allowed me to raise my voice and subsequently I have received tremendous support from my fellow grads, colleagues and managers."
The move to remote working due to COVID-19 restrictions has been relatively smooth, enabled by the mini-mic and the accessibility of ANZ mobile Apps.