UK Work Experience Programme

The UK Work Experience Programme is for students looking for a work experience placement with a leading global bank. The programme provides opportunities to gain some hands-on experience, develop your knowledge of banking and financial services, and explore the careers available at HSBC in the UK. Students should note that this is an unpaid work experience programme.

For: School or college student
Duration: One week
Areas: Commercial Banking, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Operations, Services and Technology
Location: UK

Applications for the 2018 intake are now closed and will re-open in December 2018.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at those in the later years of full-time secondary, sixth form or college education who are keen to get an introduction to what a career in financial services may be like.

The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2019. Specific details regarding each opportunity are available when you apply.

To be considered for the programme, you will:

  • Be in full-time education either at secondary school, sixth form or college at the time of the work experience commencing
  • Be keen and motivated to find out more about HSBC and to be prepared to complete the application process, which will include some online questions and if successful, a telephone interview

How to apply

We encourage you to choose and apply for a location to which you can reasonably commute, as early as possible, as applications will close when all placements are filled. Please keep in mind we will not be able to offer placements in locations not listed.

Please note you must obtain approval from your school or college to undertake this work experience as it falls within the standard school/college term-time.

What to expect

Supported by experienced managers, you will be shadowing colleagues and encouraged to ask questions to help you understand more about HSBC. During the work experience, you will learn what it is like to work in one of our retail, commercial, operational or head office areas (subject to availability).

You will get to know HSBC – our values, our history and exactly what we do – and gain an insight into actual jobs that you would be doing if you came to work for us full-time. There will be an opportunity to work on a live project and share your ideas with managers.

If you decide to go to university in the future, the work experience programme is a great early insight into a potential career choice.

Learning, development and support

Our programme will provide you with an insight into what it is like to work for a global bank and help you decide your future career options.

Over the course of the programme, we typically offer:

  • Real work experience
  • Feedback on how you can develop yourself
  • Tips on recruitment processes for the future
  • Opportunities to meet a range of HSBC employees and ask as many questions as you want to help you understand what working for HSBC is like and your potential future ambitions

How to reach us

For more details contact work.experience.team@hsbc.com

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