HSBC, in its current incarnation has been around since 1991. However the banking and finance giant’s history actually goes back way over a century to when branches were opened in Hong Kong and Shanghai during the 1860s. Indeed, HSBC’s name is an abbreviation of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, but the organisation is now headquartered in London.
HSBC Holdings Limited now has operations in more than 80 countries and territories all over the world. They look after the finances of around 90 million people from their 9,000+ offices in many continents. In the UK alone, HSBC has over 1,500 retail banking branches and they also service the financial needs of many corporate and commercial clients of all sizes.
With other brands in the HSBC family, including First Direct and M&S Money - and products ranging from loans, mortgages, wealth management, credit cards, insurance and much much more - you can imagine that there is a tremendous amount of jobs on offer for students and graduates with the HSBC. Indeed, the group as a whole employs over a quarter of a million people worldwide and is recruiting all of the time for new staff.
Jobs are available at all levels and across all areas of the business. From call centre work to support roles, from retail to professional and specialist, there is a job for students and graduates of all interests at HSBC. All roles rely heavily on fantastic customer service, problem solving and communication, so you will need to highlight your skills in those areas no matter which roles you are interested in applying for.
The graduate programme at HSBC is split into several different business areas. Graduates can specialise in Commercial & Corporate Management, European Management, Executive Management, Operational Leadership or Retail Banking & Wealth Management. Most of the HSBC graduate programmes run for two years and will give you an in depth grounding in the business areas you want to work in.
Starting salaries for graduates at HSBC are generous and a range of other benefits and incentives are on offer when you join the banking firm.
HSBC also runs a regular internship scheme in the summer. Interns join a retail branch or corporate office for seven weeks during July and August and will receive a wealth of experience which will boost their employability. If you are interested in an internship with HSBC then look out for their ‘Discovery Days’ at your university, where you will have a chance to meet employees and graduates and find out more about life at HSBC.
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