HSBC attracted me because of its strong emphasis on values. I saw on the website that age wasn’t relevant when applying. As a mature student that resonated with me.
Upon joining the graduate programme I was concerned that I didn’t have an economics or financial degree and I was a bit daunted. I shouldn’t have worried as I was given the opportunity to undertake the IFS Diploma outside of work and was given study leave.
I do not use my chemistry degree much in my day-to-day role but I do use the skills I developed at university. If you don’t have a financial degree it doesn’t matter as much as you may think. You bring your own unique skills and knowledge to the bank. HSBC thrives on its diversity and employs graduates from a wide range of backgrounds.
At my final interview I was asked lots of questions about what motivated me. I was surprised by this but the interviewer explained “…we can teach you about banking but we can’t teach you values. Your personal values are the most important thing here”.