Hello Justin. How has your journey here been so far?
It’s been great learning the ropes! As a Global Wealth Management (GWM) graduate trainee, I get to interact with client advisors and product specialists on the job. There were also trainings that gathered all graduate trainees from the Asia Pacific (APAC) countries to learn from (and network with) the senior management. I felt honored, especially when these experts took time off to speak to fresh graduates like me!
How has the team played a role in your development?
My first rotation in GWM has given me an opportunity to work on a project with people of all ranks. As the main point of contact for this project, I've learnt so much about collaboration and project management. At the same time, I get to observe how client advisors make use of tools to advise their clients and the methodology they adopt to calculate risks.
Any challenges you’ve had to face so far?
I've had my share of challenges because dealing with markets is time-sensitive. It can be a little intense! However, I think that these moments are the perfect opportunities for learning.
Is the culture here what you expected?
Definitely! During my interview, it was emphasized that there are plenty of opportunities for employee growth. The word that kept coming up was "development". It really showed me that the firm was serious about growing its employees. I can't complain about the rest of the warm, open and collaborative culture here either!
What kind of advice would you give to the new class of graduates?
Stay open to new opportunities! Over time, there are plenty of chances to connect and learn about the firm. Even if you feel you aren't ready, there's always guidance and support around. At the end of the day, you'll want to complete the program feeling accomplished. As for making connections, my tip is to put some lunch appointments and coffee sessions with senior colleagues in your calendar!