Myth busting

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Welcome to our myth-busting page, where we separate fact from fiction. Don't let misconceptions cloud your understanding. We've gathered the most common myths and misconceptions and debunking them with evidence-based information. Unravel the truth and expand your knowledge with our informative articles. Click or hover on the cards below and we will dispel these myths once and for all.

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We know that all of our colleagues have responsibilities and priorities outside of work, as well as things that they love to do around their working day. When you work with us, we offer a mix of home and office based working for many of our roles, in order to allow you to balance your personal and work life. You’re empowered to balance the needs of your team, the business and colleagues with enough time set aside to come together to collaborate, connect and socialise. Learn more here.

'Banking isn’t flexible’

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We know that an inclusive culture that celebrates our people’s unique diversity is essential to the success of our business. So when we say we promote diversity, we mean it. We are a global family of 131 nationalities. Our Employee Resource Groups are central to delivering our diversity and inclusion strategy, and include groups for communities including gender, LGBT+, generations, people with disabilities and their carers, as well as origins, nationalities and ethnicities. Learn more here.

'There’s a lack of diversity in banking’

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There are certainly some roles where numbers are important, and you will need a specific degree type to join us, but there are also a huge amount of opportunities within the Bank that don’t require a specific degree or background. Alongside traditional banking and finance roles, we have graduate programmes in all kinds of areas including Risk, Technology, HR, and more. Find out more about our different business areas here 

'You need a head for numbers to work in banking’

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At Standard Chartered we are committed to innovation and creativity by leveraging technologies and partnership to provide innovative banking solutions and support sustainable development. We aren’t afraid to push boundaries of traditional industries like trade finance and working capital.  

‘It’s difficult to be innovative or creative in banking’

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We’re committed to sustainable social and economic development through our business, operations and communities. We are committed to promoting economic and social development in the markets we serve, doing so sustainably and equitably in line with our purpose and three valued behaviours: ‘Never settle’, ‘Better together’ and ‘Do the right thing'. This sustainability philosophy sets out how we integrate sustainability into our organisational decision-making. Find out more here.

'There’s not enough focus on sustainability in banks’

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We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our colleagues across the globe, and we know that this looks different to everyone. In addition to flexible working, we offer support covering mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. In addition, all colleagues are offered 3 days of paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities. Find out more here.

'Wellbeing isn't a priority’

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Our culture and values

Find out more about the purpose that underpins everything we do at Standard Chartered, and the behaviours and culture that drive this purpose forward. 

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Our business areas

Learn about the different teams across the Bank, discover what they do, and find out about the different routes to entry for students and graduates to find your fit. 

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Application zone

Ready to apply? Find out what happens next in our application zone, including hints and tips to make sure you’re fully prepared for interviews and assessment centres.  

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If you’re looking for a career with purpose and want to work for a bank making a difference, we’d love to hear from you. Click the links below to search for jobs or join our talent network.