I never expected to be a Technology Graduate at HSBC. When I finished university the scheme did not even exist. Fast forward a year and I was fortunate to land very firmly on my feet, starting my career back in my city of birth – London.
Here’s a little bit of an overview of three things – induction into HSBC, the GradHack (I’ll explain shortly), our training in India and my first rotation in the bank – so here you go!
Starting with induction – I managed to get a foot infection which put me into hospital for two nights in week one, missing most of the Global Graduate Induction and being in too much pain to remember much more of that week.
However, I am very grateful and aware of how incredible and supportive the whole HSBC team were through that time. The one thing that really sticks with me from that first week was the international nature of the company both in terms of professional and personal relationships. I might not be the best person to comment on the content of induction seeing as I had decided to double the size of my ankle, but I might have learnt more than anyone else that week on how your colleagues will come forward to support you at HSBC.
The final event of induction was the launch of GradHack – a hackathon with a focus on diversity, developing mobile/online solutions for people with differing forms of diversity. The three on which we were asked to focus were physical impairment, visual impairment and neurodiversity.
We spent a lot of time in teams learning from the amazing people over at The Ability People, an employment agency run by individuals with impairments who search for people with similar conditions.
We were kept busy designing solutions before arriving in Mangalore in India where we started building our software while we were all together for training. Seeing the emphasis an organisation with the stature of HSBC is putting on working on inclusivity and diversity has been great!
There was five weeks of training in Mangalore. I could easily talk about the technical training itself. As with any learning it’s obviously got its ups and downs. But, in reality, I’m not sure anyone wants to read about technical training! The campus was amazing with a wide range of sports facilities, a large gym and even a bowling alley! I’ll admit it was a slight shame that the second I stepped outside the living areas after 9.30pm I had campus security telling me I could get bitten by a snake – even though I never saw one.
But the opportunity to be back with the international Technology graduate cohort was amazing! And having weekends to explore a new country whilst making connections that will last through our whole careers was incredible.
This takes me up to the present, back in London and ready to start my first rotation in the investment bank IT team. I’m more excited than ever to finish my induction and onboarding and properly begin my career at HSBC!