I had a great time whilst undertaking the internship and it is notably difficult to pick out one aspect that I enjoyed most. Yet two things that stood with me were the great levels of responsibility given to interns along with the positive, welcoming culture of the bank. I got to work on a range of meaningful tasks, whilst colleagues were always happy to sacrifice their time in providing clarity on any issues I may have come across.
One of the best things about my internship at HSBC was that there was no stereotypical day in the office. A variety of different tasks can be assigned to you throughout the day along with meetings being scheduled in either weeks in advance or on the day itself. I believe such variety is a key attraction of the internship in keeping you motivated and helping you enjoy the work that you undertake.
As to be expected, the application process was a tough procedure. It begins with submitting your CV and answering a range of competency questions which is then followed by online tests, a telephone interview and an assessment centre. Though it is difficult, I believe this thorough process helps bring the best out of applicants and makes it that bit more rewarding for them when they ultimately secure the job offer.
“By actively seeking to meet with people from various divisions across the bank it progressed my understanding of different product areas”
One of the key lessons which I learnt very early on in the internship and abided by for the duration of the program was the importance of networking within the business. By actively seeking to meet with people from various divisions across the bank it progressed my understanding of different product areas, which ensured I could then apply this knowledge to daily tasks so that I could perform them more effectively.
Upon completion of the programme I was offered a graduate role at the bank, conditional of attaining a 2.1 or higher degree classification. Thus enabling me to focus on my degree in my final year whilst most students struggle to balance the workload with job applications. HSBC offer an array of opportunities for development and I am now fortunate enough to be able to pursue those as I progress through my career.