My current role
In 2019, I transitioned from my role as Head of International Corporates and moved to Global Subsidiaries as a Relationship Manager. I now head up Global Subsidiaries and work as part the Client Coverage sub-team of the Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking team (CCIB). We have a strong market share in this segment in Sri Lanka and support our clients in expanding their businesses.
My favourite aspect of my job is finding new ways to support clients and onboarding new clients that have an interest in Sri Lanka. I love helping people grow their businesses – especially during challenging times.
My current role has presented many challenges. The biggest challenge recently has been Forex Liquidity, as we are struggling to support importers. I am a natural problem-solver and enjoy finding effective solutions to problems.
Flexibility and support
What I like most about working for Standard Chartered is they provide lots of flexibility. I can work full-time from home or part-time at the office and part-time at home. This is very beneficial for me because it means I can spend more time with my family.
The bank is also incredibly supportive when it comes to personal development. In 2013, I took a sabbatical to pursue my Masters in Finance at London Business school. I was the first employee in CCIB Sri Lanka to be granted a one-year sabbatical.
I received a 60% scholarship (LBS Women’s Impact Scholarship). However, I faced a delay with my student visa and risked losing my scholarship. My manager at the time was able to speak to the British High Commission and expedite my visa.
My advice to those searching for their ideal career is to take on different roles. For example, don’t stay in the same role for longer than three or four years, especially if you don’t feel fulfilled.
This advice has helped shape my career and led me to my current role in the CCIB team. Take a few risks to get where you want to be – you tend to be more risk-averse the older you get.