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Tips for joining commercial banking?
posted on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:27

I'm a final year BBA student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and I wanna work at a commercial bank as a risk manager or assistant relationship manager. As far as I know, these positions normally require experience or entry in a management training programme. The competition could be intense. I suppose working in the back office might be an option, but this prospect doesn't sound so good. Do you know of any alternatives?










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Howard Chan - Banking Career Doctor
Posted Friday, 22 July 2011 08:31 AM

A BBA degree is a good start to a career in risk management. If you also seek banking internships, this will give you a better chance of getting the job. Once you have completed both your degree and a relevant internship, you will need to demonstrate your skills in financial analysis and credit rating. It is also important to be proficient in Mandarin if you are working in Hong Kong, as many companies here liaise with China. You should have some basic accounting skills to be able to create business balance sheets and analyse credit ratings.

If you are looking for a position in relationship management, it is best that you first develop the skills required to deal with the responsibilities for this role, such as knowing your company's products and services. To help you do this, you can take on the position of trainee manager or assistant relationship manager.

These positions can be obtained through a management training programme. As a graduate, you have the opportunity to apply for these positions, once or twice a year, with banks that take on applicants with the relevant degree and an internship.

As for back office experience, by working in this function, you can certainly work toward a position in risk management or relationship management. This will build your knowledge of your company's business, as well as internal procedures and compliance regulations. In the commercial banking sector, there is a strong demand for relationship managers. A position in relationship management or risk management will continue to be in demand over the next 12 months as local companies push to gain more opportunities in the booming mainland economy.

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