A free seminar has been organised to provide insights into the qualifications needed and the expectations of employers seeking to hire fresh banking recruits. Co-organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) and Classified Post, the November 18 workshop, entitled “Getting into banking has never been easier”, will be presented in Cantonese and aimed at ambitious young people who are considering career opportunities in the banking industry.
Carrie Leung, HKIB chief executive, says the seminar will provide the ideal platform for participants to discover more about career options and the type of people banks are seeking to hire.
Importantly, Leung says, seminar participants can learn tips on how to prepare themselves professionally and psychologically to increase their attractiveness to employers.
“Participants will find few better opportunities to ask questions and learn how to present and sell themselves,” says Leung.
While job candidates tend to be academically strong, Leung says one of the biggest criticisms from banks is about job seekers’ expectations and attitude.
“Too often, job candidates fresh from university assume they can walk into high-paying positions or jobs that require specialist knowledge and experience,” she says. “Banking is a people business so [young entrants] need to learn what customers expect and how a bank delivers expectations. They can only do this by starting their career in positions where they interact with customers.”
In addition to academic capabilities, Leung suggests those aspiring to become bankers work on developing their industry knowledge, interpersonal skills and language proficiency.
“Not everyone can find an internship, but during their holiday breaks, students can contact banks to participate in their corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. This way, they show willingness and can learn more about the industry and interacting with people,” Leung adds.
She says for those without a degree in a finance-related topic, but still interested in joining the banking industry, there is always an entry route.
“Providing people have the right attitude and show a willingness to learn, banks are happy to hire staff with history, English l