Long before college, I knew I wanted to work in banking although back then that was probably influenced by the thought of having weekends off. At that point my only exposure to a bank was making an occasional deposit.
I joined HSBC in 1991 and in 1994 was asked to manage the bank’s compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This seeks to ensure equal access to credit and banking services to all communities, including those of lower incomes. It’s a job I love. HSBC’s commitment to the CRA, as well as to financial education and the environment, demonstrates its strong links to the community.
Our regulator reviews our compliance with the act every three years and preparing for the examination can be quite hectic, so I am grateful for the opportunity to work from home. This is a great perk and lets me be more flexible in managing my schedule as well as enjoying an effective work-life balance.
As an employee, I am encouraged to participate in volunteer activities and I serve on a number of local boards and committees. It’s very rewarding to be able to give back to the community where I live and work.
I would urge new staff to take advantage of all of the opportunities HSBC can offer; like our business school, management training programs, mentoring and volunteer opportunities. Strive to attain a job you love doing, but take away some learning from every job you have along your path.