HSBC is one of the leaders in international banking and our values set us apart from our competitors. I feel privileged to have joined the bank as a graduate in software engineering when I had no previous IT experience. Fortunately, my technical knowledge has grown with every task, and internal training and assessments have also been useful in helping me to keep up with the pace.
I’m involved in a lot of tasks that require meticulous attention to detail and careful monitoring. Our team is required to complete a project every three weeks. Working as a team is vital when you have to deliver projects to a strict timeline without compromising quality. Any unexpected changes are discussed as a group and when actions are taken, everyone’s input is taken into account. Sometimes you have to work extra hours to get the job done, but I have the option of working remotely, and the flexible working conditions help me achieve a good work-life balance.
Although we work as a team, individual recognition is still important. When a customer requested some old data and the people who previously worked on them had moved on, it took quite a while to extract the data from a range of sources. But I was finally able to find them, which the customer really appreciated, and made the effort worthwhile.
I can see myself progressing in the bank and passing on my knowledge to other graduates. But it’s not all about work; there are also a lot of fun activities in the office, as well as various community services initiatives, which are very rewarding.