What was it like entering the corporate world for the first time?
As a fresh graduate, I was excited to finally use my knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Thanks to the supportive environment and comprehensive onboarding programme provided by the Bank, the transition was smooth and I have been able to thrive. So far, it has been a fulfilling journey of growth and learning in a dynamic corporate environment.
What drew you to a technology career in banking?
As someone with a background in business, I have always been fascinated by how technology intersects with other industries. The banking sector particularly intrigued me because of its significant reliance on technology and digital solutions to drive innovation, transform traditional financial services, and enhance customer experiences.
Why did you choose to start your career at Standard Chartered?
Standard Chartered's reputation for innovation and its global presence were compelling factors. Working with a diverse team of colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures meant that I could expand my horizons and gain new perspectives.
The Bank's investment in employee learning and growth has also been an instrumental factor. Since joining the Bank, I have had the opportunity to take various online courses, regardless of whether they are aligned with my role.
I appreciate Standard Chartered’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Stepping into a bank as a male with long hair and piercings might go against stereotypes associated with working in a bank, but here, I have always felt supported and welcomed from day one (I even got compliments for my stylish hair!). The Bank is truly a place where individuals can bring their authentic selves to work.
Is there anything that would surprise people about working for a large bank?
As a large bank, it is important to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry. Apart from driving success for our customers, the success of employees is equally vital. The Bank provides ample opportunities for employees to upskill and improve. From specialised training programmes to mentorship initiatives, employees' growth is valued, and this enables them to thrive in their careers and contribute effectively. The Bank even has its own in-house academy, aXess Academy, which frequently provides training opportunities and resources that employees can register for at their own free will and interest.