Taken by bright prospects

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 June, 2011, 12:00am


IVAN YEUNG studied at the HKU department of statistics and actuarial science, double major in risk management and finance. He joined ICBC (Asia) 11 months ago.

Why did you choose a banking career? And why ICBC (Asia)?

I chose the financial industry out of my personal interest. Banking is an integral part of the industry where changes take place everyday. We also face many new challenges. I compared different types of banks in my job search. Then I learned that ICBC is one of the four biggest [Chinese] state-owned banks and has established itself as the largest bank in the world by market value within a few years. The mainland economy is growing fast. There must be vast opportunities for my career development.

What kind of training have you received under the trainee programme?

The programme consists of two parts - classes and field practices. Classes cover the organisation and operations of a bank, while field practices focus on retail banking. I developed a deeper understanding of the banking industry through training. I benefited a great deal from it. I still remember the days when I was attending classes and joining internship with other trainees in the branch offices. We encouraged each other and built team spirit.

How has the programme helped you in your career development?

I am currently a frontline staff member. My job covers a wide range of services, from personal wealth management and loans to business financing and commercial banking for small and medium-sized enterprises. During the training period, product managers gave us a clear introduction, allowing me to understand features and advantages of different products. The training allowed me to sell the products even more effectively at branches.

What challenges do you face?

I face challenges every day, and I gain satisfaction from every one of them. It is a long and demanding process, that allows me to get acquainted with customers and establish mutual trust.

What are your expectations?

My goal is to do well in my position and try different tasks in other departments to broaden my horizons. I look forward to an all-around career development in the banking industry.