As a Graduate Economist at the Reserve Bank, Siddarth rotates through several teams within the bank. He is currently working as an analyst in the Note Issue team.
“In my role, I get to undertake research projects into the future of cash in Australia and explore what that may look like,” he explains. “I perform a lot of data analysis on cash distribution and cash demand. Overall, I’ve had a good chance to break economic problems down to their working parts, think creatively, and then apply my learnings to policy.”
Siddarth says that the knowledge and skills he gained during his four years at JCU have played a large part in his work at the Reserve Bank.
“I really enjoyed being in a smaller university where people know you by name,” Siddarth says. “In a class of 20 people compared to 200 people, you have much more one-on-one time with your lecturer. I love asking questions, so I was able to spend a lot of time with lecturers and tutors getting detailed answers to some of my really obscure queries.”
During his Honours year, Siddarth learned the requirements of quality research. “Having the opportunity to conduct a pioneering research project while working closely with academic staff for a year was fantastic,” he says. “The project instilled in me an immense respect for the rigour and discipline that research requires. I also learned how to work flexibly, which is a vital skill.”
“Overall, the personal approach to education as well as the flexibility and discipline that I gained during my time at JCU have really prepared me for my current role.”
JCU Alumni Siddarth Roche
A whole new world
Transitioning from living and studying in Townsville to living and working in Sydney has been an exciting and growing experience for Siddarth.
“One nice thing about Townsville is that everything’s really close; I could attend lectures and then be at the training pitch for field hockey within 15 minutes,” Siddarth says. “Obviously, you can’t do the same in Sydney because it’s such a big place. But it’s exciting to come here because it’s a fast-pace place. Things are always on the move. It’s a lot faster than life in regional Queensland — where I’ve spent most of my life — so it’s great to enter such a different and exhilarating environment.
“There’s also such variety down here, from amazing food and artisan bars to museums, galleries, concert halls, sporting venues — there’s always something to do. Having grown up in a smaller place like Townsville, Sydney is refreshing.”