How to prepare for the National Assessment Centre

Caitlyn Georgeson, Westpac Scholar, 2022 Future Leader

The Westpac Scholars Trust National Assessment Centre is an incredible opportunity to meet some of Australia’s leading business people, academics, and social innovators. For Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship applicants, it is also a valuable opportunity to showcase yourself and practice taking yourself out of your comfort zone 

To prepare for the National Assessment Centre, which was online in 2021, I started by reviewing my written application and notes for my video pitch. I felt it was important to make sure that I was clearly, concisely and consistently communicating my ‘why’ to the interview panel, who had already reviewed all of my application materials prior to my interview. 

I then considered the different types of questions I could be asked by the interview panel and jotted down broad dot point responses, making sure I had examples to draw upon. Finally, I practiced speaking about myself and my application with a few close friends and family members, who were especially helpful at pointing out where I wasn’t showcasing myself or my experiences enough. 

As the final step in the Future Leader Scholarship application process, the National Assessment Centre may seem intimidating. But it will be over before you know it, and it is an incredible opportunity in and of itself — regardless of the outcome. Above all, I encourage you to be your authentic self and enjoy the experience! 

For more information, to nominate or apply for a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, visit the Westpac Scholars Trust website.