“There’s a sense of connection; not just within Asia, but globally as well.”
My interest in banking started when I was at university studying Economics. I heard about BNP Paribas when I was still a student, and I went on their intensive insight programme. I really enjoyed it, so I joined the graduate programme after I completed my studies.
What’s exciting here is that there is a strong emphasis on learning about other parts of the business, as well as your own. So in my case, I did desk rotations in various departments such as Equities, Debt Capital Markets, Compliance, Risk and Operations while training for Corporate Coverage. Even now, the bank is flexible about allowing me to participate partially in other teams outside of my own so that I can get exposure and insight into other parts of our business.
I really enjoy my current role because it touches clients across the world, and as such it has a lot of variety. One day I might be writing analytical reports, the next developing business with local clients. One of the best things I worked on was the Europe Japan Initiative which helped to streamline information sharing between corporates in Japan and Europe, which had a big impact. The flexibility to get involved in collaborative projects is one of the core strengths of the bank, and one of its most attractive features.