Henry Hannaford

Retail Banking and Wealth Management Global Graduate Programme

UK

I studied for a degree in economics and politics, followed by a master’s in management. I knew I wanted to work in finance but I wasn’t sure which area I wanted to build a career in. Luckily, the Retail Banking and Wealth Management graduate scheme provided a broad view across HSBC and I knew it was the programme for me.

I started my rotations in branch as part of the retail network. As part of a team, I worked with 10 branch staff, which was a great learning opportunity for me so early on in my career, and helped develop my people management skills. In addition to that, I’ve worked on several digital projects, one of which was developing an app for customer-facing employees to understand the digital capabilities we offer our customers.

The graduate scheme helps you to learn about the different opportunities in the bank and understand where you will be able to make the biggest difference.

The Retail Banking and Wealth Management work culture is very personable, open, and friendly – it genuinely feels like we’re all working toward a common goal. Our industry is likely to go through a long period of change over the next 10 years as digital technology becomes an even more important part of the way people bank, and we are all motivated to be a part of that change.

Looking back at myself when I was applying for the graduate programme, I would advise myself not to worry so much that I don’t know what I want to end up doing. When you first join, it’s hard to imagine what your eventual role will be, but the graduate scheme helps you to learn about the different opportunities in the bank and understand where you will be able to make the biggest difference.

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