Why did I choose HSBC? Quite simply, because the bank is a global brand which could give me international exposure – and I haven’t been disappointed. I started my HSBC career on the Management Trainee Programme. In my first posting I managed 10 people who had extensive experience in handling daily import transactions for the bank, a role that developed both my trade skills and my leadership qualities.
After a year in the back office, I asked to transfer to Trade Sales. This has been an exciting career move, handling clients ranging from small to medium businesses to global banking customers. There is pressure – balancing returns for the bank against happy clients, but that is the challenge of the role.
Trade Sales has also given me international experience. I spent three months on a short-term assignment in Hong Kong. The region has always been an important trading hub for HSBC, and working with colleagues and customers from different cultures was beneficial for my development. My colleagues were also really supportive and understanding because I had to make sure my four-year-old daughter settled in to a new school. Looking at how I’ve managed to bring up my two children, I’m proof that you can excel in your career and be a good wife and mother. HSBC has always supported me balancing family with a career. My line manager, who is also my mentor, is head of Global Trade and Receivables in Indonesia and is also a mother, so it has been good to learn from her experiences.