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The best advice I can give anyone applying to HSBC is to determine if your values match those of the bank. Then think about the roles your personality is suited to – sales or non-sales for example – and finally, understand your reasons for making this choice

I originally joined HSBC on the Commercial Banking internship programme in Hong Kong. I had exposure to bank systems, products, customers and working groups. My mentor came from a different business line and this helped me learn about the bank and understand how such a large group operates. The internship gave me a well-rounded view of HSBC and Commercial Banking.

You are on a steep learning curve on the graduate programme. It’s hard work but there were some real highlights, such as when all the Commercial Banking graduates networked together in London. I made valuable friendships and I still benefit from the bonds established during that event.

It wasn’t easy deciding what role to take after finishing the graduate programme but my mentor and my line managers were a great help. I decided to join the Greater China Team of the Mid-market Enterprises Segment as a Relationship Manager, based in Hong Kong. I use my business and language skills to help Chinese clients with their Hong Kong and international needs, while weighing up the risks and opportunities for them. I often travel to see clients. We might discuss an import loan, investment in funds or currency exchanges. I enjoy visiting clients as it gives me a chance to look closely at their products and operations and the background behind their business. This way I have a deeper understanding of their needs and the industry they are working in, which in turn makes me a better banker.

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Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking - Calgary (Canada)

My favourite aspect of my role as a Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking is that I'm not desk-bound as I spend a third of my time with clients

Commercial Banking Global Graduate Programme

For: University graduate

Duration: 18 months

Areas: Commercial Banking

This 18 month rotational programme offers final-year students and recent graduates exposure to a variety of business areas within Commercial Banking: Relationship Management, Global Trade and Receivables Finance. Each area provides a platform to develop a long-term international career.

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Commercial Banking Internship

For: University undergraduate

Duration: Eight Weeks (16 weeks in Canada)

Areas: Commercial Banking

This internship is for students in their penultimate year of university. It offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the foundations of Commercial Banking, supporting either our relationship managers or product teams.

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