I had always wanted to work in HR, and the chance to join an international bank was appealing. From the start, I had the opportunity to get involved with high-profile initiatives from an employee relations perspective, including a strategic infrastructure project which impacted HSBC France.
A few weeks after my arrival, I had to create a communication kit for employees affected by the infrastructure project. The purpose of this kit was to explain the implications of the project to employees, particularly regarding training. Not only did I have to learn how to run a project, develop my analytical capabilities and acquire sufficient banking knowledge, I also had to make sure I was very clear on the subject matter. It is really satisfying to hear positive comments from employees about their training.
One of my responsibilities within this project is to analyse the different obligations we have with respect to French employment and diversity laws. I look at solutions used by other organisations and recommend how our policies can be aligned.
Working on this project has inspired me to further pursue my studies to become a lawyer. I feel well supported by my team at HSBC to achieve my objectives. If I make it, I would love to return to work in the legal department in social law. The international scope of HSBC, and the prospect of being able to work on global projects would make it particularly interesting.