Student and graduate development

Whatever global programme you join, we are dedicated to ensuring you make the most of the learning opportunities on offer. These will help you to shape, improve and develop skills that are important to your personal development, which in turn will help us grow our business.


An induction

All our global graduate programmes begin with an induction, where you’ll meet other new graduates and your programme managers. It’s an exciting opportunity where you will:

  • Hear from senior leaders about our global strategy and vision – plus our history and values as a company
  • Build a supportive global network of peers that will be essential in your new role
  • Explore how you can help to shape the future of HSBC
  • Gather all the important details about your programme to help you have a flying start from day one

Business rotations

Regardless of which global graduate programme you join, you’ll follow a number of rotations, providing you with a breadth of experience across our core business areas. The aim is to:

  • Help shape your career and give you an idea of what you want to specialise in once you have finished the programme
  • Build your understanding of our products and services and how they help our clients thrive
  • Give you the opportunity to bring fresh ideas and have a tangible impact on our business
  • Increase your network: you’ll have the chance to meet lots of new and experienced colleagues who will support and guide you along the way

Business insights

In addition to these rotations and formal training, we will provide a range of other learning activities during your programme:

  • Our HSBC speaker series and ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions provide an insight into potential career journeys and the bank’s strategic priorities
  • Specific initiatives that will encourage you to share fresh thinking and ideas related to innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Taking part in sustainability projects that connect you even more closely to the communities in which we serve

Qualifications and professional development

Regardless of what subject you studied at university, we will provide you with the necessary tools to be successful in your role. For example:

  • Training and support to help you achieve any regulatory certification you require or professional qualifications to advance your knowledge
  • As well as a line manager, you’ll also have a programme manager who can guide you through what this involves. You’ll also have a mentor and a ‘buddy’ who will provide guidance too: having been a new graduate themselves, they can help you navigate through the various development opportunities on offer

Structured classroom training, online training and access to our global HSBC University means you can constantly update and build on your expertise.

Ongoing support

As well as providing formal training, we recognise the value in learning from others.

  • You will be encouraged to use your graduate network, the HSBC graduate alumni, your assigned ‘buddy’, your graduate programme manager and mentor to seek advice whenever needed. Regular networking opportunities among your graduate group will help you and your peers to thrive
  • Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play an important role in building a culture that we can all be proud of. These are similar to the clubs and societies that you may have had access to at school, college or university. ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups
  • Sessions to develop your soft skills and ‘transition’ training will ensure you are supported as you complete the programme and start the next step in your career


During your internship at HSBC, we will work with you to nurture and develop your strengths, understand your potential and what motivates you as an employee, before you have the opportunity to join us on a graduate programme.

  • You will receive an induction into the business and the specific business area you have chosen
  • Your line manager will be on hand to offer advice on your career options and guide your ambitions
  • You’ll be working on live project work, so you’ll have the opportunity to learn within your role from the moment you join us
  • You will be assigned a buddy, with whom you can share ideas and discuss your career motivations
  • You can also attend regular business and social events (including ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions) alongside your day-to-day role, to build your network and knowledge for the future
  • Our volunteering programme could help you to develop new skills outside finance – while contributing to the communities in which we work

We want all our interns to be successful. If you perform well and realise HSBC is right for you, we will consider you for a position on one of our global graduate programmes at the end of your placement.

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