Zoe Gerrand

Anti Money Laundering Operations Analyst, Bank of Queensland - Australia

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Psychology

What made you choose to study at the University of Waikato?

I looked at what psychology papers were offered across the country, and Waikato had the most appealing options. And the cost of living in Hamilton isn't ridiculous.

What was your favourite subject and why?

Abnormal Psychology because of the incredibly interesting case studies and psychological disorders that were covered.

Tell us about your job.

I’ve been working as a New Zealand Police Criminal Intelligence Analyst for two years, but I’ve recently taken two years unpaid leave to work as an Anti Money Laundering Operations Analyst at Bank of Queensland. I intend on returning to my position at New Zealand Police at the end of the two years.

Tell us about what a typical day looks like for you.

In my previous role, my days generally consisted of analysing crime stats to identify high-risk locations in order to deploy staff, ensuring pressure is kept on high profile offenders. At Bank of Queensland my day consists of monitoring transactions to look for suspicious activity, which could be related to money laundering or terrorism financing and conducting investigations.

What do you love about your career?

I find what I do incredibly interesting. Reading case files and learning about all things crime related never gets old. I’m forever expanding my skill set, and the opportunities for an analyst in the criminal intelligence or financial crime field are never ending. It's an exciting career to be in, I certainly don't dread my Mondays like a lot of people do.

What do you find rewarding about your job?

There’s nothing better than passing a crucial piece of information on to an officer, and it leading to an arrest. I get to spend all day working on things I’m genuinely interested in, while contributing towards catching criminals and reducing victimisation.

Any advice for getting into your sector?

It’s a combination of what you know and who you know. Having relevant skills is very important, and so is making good use of any contacts you establish during your placement.

How did your years at Waikato make a difference to you?

I definitely learnt that hard work will get you places. The people you know, the effort you put in and the opportunities you seize play a huge part in how your life after uni will pan out.

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