I banked with HSBC as a student in London and was never disappointed with the service I received. So when I returned home to Malaysia, that experience was a factor when I applied for the HSBC Management Development Programme. On the second day of the programme, we were taken to Lumut for four days of outward bound training, which was a real eye-opener. We had to work together as a team to accomplish tasks, even though we did not know each other very well. But once we had finished though, it was as though we had known each other for years.
I’m currently in my core placement with the Retail Banking and Wealth Management Compliance team. My day typically involves reviewing and maintaining customer accounts and information. I’m also part of a team working on a large compliance project, which means managing your work load is important. However, I am fortunate to be working with people who guide, help and respect each other.
The people at HSBC are definitely a selling point. There’s a young and energetic culture; even the senior people are young at heart. I’ve also noticed that many of my senior colleagues are women and relatively young, including two of my mentors. I think HSBC does a great job of supporting women, with initiatives such as the alternative working strategy, which includes remote working, so they can advance their careers while raising a family.