Group Graduate Programme

Each year, Erste Group gives a group of bright and highly skilled university graduates the opportunity to discover the world of our banking group. The Group Graduate Programme is a rigorous series of classroom and distance learning sessions, on-the-job training, and medium-term project work.

The programme’s purpose is to give the graduates the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge of the banking industry and how business in banking should be conducted. Graduates gain a solid understanding of our core business fields, as well as the necessary exposure for a long and successful career within Erste Group.

The programme also creates and fosters a diverse and wide-reaching business network within Erste Group. International assignments and classroom learning provide the opportunity for the graduates to not only enhance their knowledge of banking, but also their knowledge of the region and the culture of Central and Eastern Europe.

  • have a high interest and know-how in financial topics and markets (i.e. banking, treasury, risk management, regional economic developments, etc.)
  • have achieved a university degree (either Bachelor or Master) specializing either in financial markets or banking, business administration, business informatics or Mathematics.
  • possess strong personal and social skills including excellent cross-cultural communication skills
  • demonstrate flexibility, work independently and achieve results as part of a team
  • act as a perfect team-player and you are also prepared to work under pressure and more than the average
  • are fluent in English (excellent written and oral communication skills); German and/or other languages of Erste Group in the CEE region would be an advantage
  • are willing to travel internationally and to undertake assignments abroad

We ...

  • provide a one-year, highly intensive, graduate programme (internal and external education combined with practical experience)
  • develop a career plan within one of the major financial institutions in the CEE region
  • give you the opportunity to be highly visible, and to work and have fun in an international team
  • offer a competitive salary (junior professional level)

Please find more information in our “Group Graduate Programme” brochure of the current intake:

Read experiences and statements of some of the current graduates within Erste Group Bank AG on the Group Graduate Programme, on their tasks, their motivation or their personal recommendation to work in our company:

Peter Pozdech, Slovakia

My name is Peter Pozdech, I am 24 years old. After graduating from The Faculty of Economics and Business in Bratislava I joined the Group Graduate Programme in the Organization - Group Markets division in Vienna.

The Group Graduate Programme gives us a unique opportunity to gather insight across various departments and entities within Erste Group. We have the chance to understand every aspect of the bank’s business. Not to mention that we are being taught and mentored by real banking experts. Challenging case studies are always waiting for us just around the corner.

This Programme is definitely not for someone who doesn't like challenging work, loathes working in a constantly changing environment and doesn't care about developing their intrapersonal skills. If you would rather have a monotonous workflow, then you should forget about applying to this Programme. If you are the direct opposite, do not hesitate!


Alina Manuela Grigore, Romania

My name is Alina Manuela Grigore, I am 24 years old and I am a graduate within the Cash Management Department at Banca Comercială Română, in Romania. I graduated from the faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Economical Informatics in Bucharest, and I am currently a student within a Master's Programme in IT Project Management.

Joining the Group Graduate Programme gave me the unique opportunity to gain a very large amount of experience in banking activities, to improve my knowledge in Economics and to develop a wide range of personal skills, which I believe are essential in shaping a solid career within any organization. Under the coaching of our exceptional professional guides and with the help of all our teachers, trainers and lecturers we are able to extend our knowledge and to constantly develop ourselves on many levels.

If you also have a strong desire to develop yourself and to gain experience in banking and finance, then the Group Graduate Programme is something that you should really go for.


Michal Honzírek, Czech Republic

My name is Michal Honzírek, I am 26 years old and I work as a Relationship Manager within the Local Large Corporate department in Česká spořitelna. I have received my Master’s degree at the Czech Technical University in Prague and I am also working on my MBA at ESMA Barcelona.

I decided to apply to the Erste Group Graduate Programme because of the quality of the programme and the opportunities it provides to begin a career at one of the main players in the CEE banking market. I especially appreciate the focus on personal development and the comprehensive way of preparing graduates for their future challenges. However, the chance to build up a broad network of personal contacts and meet a lot of great people throughout the programme remains my favourite characteristic.

To sum up, the Group Graduate Programme represents, in my opinion, a valuable and prestigious entrance into the world of banking and, quite simply, is an excellent starting position for future development within Erste Group, regardless of the ever-changing market environment.