Hang Seng Bank Management Trainee Programme – Hong Kong

If you are a Hong Kong national looking for a high-flying career in the banking industry, the Hang Seng Bank Management Trainee Programme is an excellent place to begin your journey. Offered in Retail Banking and Wealth Management this three-year, fast-track programme is intense and challenging. It provides comprehensive classroom training, exposure to China and overseas business, job attachments, support in attaining professional qualifications and senior management mentorship in specialised disciplines. Most importantly, the programme gives you exposure to the best global banking practices and the opportunity to develop your career in a financial institution that has ranked as the ‘Best Domestic Bank in Hong Kong’ for the past 13 years and was recently identified as the ‘Most Attractive Employer’ in Hong Kong’s banking and financial services sector.
They are looking to recruit passionate individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in any discipline from an accredited university
  • Less than three years’ working experience
  • Excellent written English and Chinese, and fluent spoken English, Cantonese and Putonghua
  • Strong business acumen and analytical ability
  • Strong self-motivation and drive to achieve excellence
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Capable of serving as a role model for displaying openness, teamwork and integrity

If you are ready to rise to the challenge, act now and apply online at their website.

Application deadline is June 15, 2014.
Applicants who are not contacted within one month may consider their applications unsuccessful.

British Council Alumni UK Career Development Workshops in China


The British Council will run a series of Alumni UK Career Development workshops from the 8th to the 16th of March 2014 across mainland China.

They are working in partnership with Zhaopin.com to invite well known businesses to take part in the events.

By participating, Chinese students and graduates will be able to better understand the job market in China, as well as seek job opportunities and better guidance on long-term career planning. Participants will also have the chance to interact with business representatives who will be able to offer career development advice and information on their own job opportunities.

Event details:

City Date Venue
Shanghai 08 March 2014 (Saturday) Crowne Plaza Shanghai, (No.400, Fanyu Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)
Beijing 09 March 2014 (Sunday) Landmark Tower Beijing, (No.8, North Dongsanhuan Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Chengdu 15 March 2014 (Saturday) Kempinski Hotel Chengdu, (No.42, 4th section, Renmin South Road, Chengdu)
Guangzhou 16 March 2014 (Sunday) Ramada Hotel Guangzhou, (No.9, Mingyue 1st Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou)

 Please click here for further information and to sign up for this event.

To participate you must register for the event in advance at www.alumniuk.org.cn and unless registered you will not be permitted to take part.

For enquiries, please contact:

Email:   alumniuk@britishcouncil.org.cn

Weibo:  @留英校友会AlumniUK

Unilever Future Leaders – Africa, Russia and China


Unilever, a leading consumer goods company, makes some of the world’s best loved brands: Dove, Flora, Tresemmé, Comfort, Knorr and Marmite to name a few. 150 million times a day, someone somewhere chooses a Unilever product, which are sold in 180 countries.

They employ 167,000 people globally and are recruiting future leaders from Africa, China and Russia and are targeting nationals of those countries studying in the UK for their Future Leaders Programme. Opportunities are open to final year undergraduates, masters and PhD students of all disciplines to start an amazing career with them in the summer/autumn of 2014.

Depending on location opportunities exist in:

  • Marketing
  • Customer Development (Sales)
  • Supply Chain
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Research & Development

Follow the link to find out more about the relevant programme in Africa, Russia or China. The Unilever website features valuable advice on the application process and hints and tips to help you to succeed. 

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Manulife, Hong Kong, Investment Trainee opportunity


Manulife Asset Management ® is the institutional asset management arm of Manulife Financial Corporation.  Manulife Asset Management manages balance sheet money for Manulife’s insurance business, institutional assets on behalf of pension plans, endowment funds, and financial services companies. They also manage retail funds through Manulife Financial and John Hancock distribution networks as well as for other financial institutions with more than 300 investment professionals worldwide.

The Investment Global Rotation Program is designed to develop talented graduates to be future investment professionals.   They are keen to recruit Durham University business or finance related finalists and Masters students for the following position, starting in the summer/autumn of 2014:

Investment Global Rotation Program (HK) 2014:

  • A comprehensive 24- month rotation program in different functional areas
  • An intensive on- the-job training and personal development program
  • Provides diverse experience and generates career opportunities
  • Through a variety of assigned six-month rotations, candidates will have the opportunity to gain experience in five functional areas in Hong Kong and exposure in other Asia offices on a short term assignment:
  • An individual development plan helps you build your skills and extend your competencies as your career progresses
  • A mentor from the senior management team will be assigned to give you guidance and encouragement

Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting, financial or investment analysis techniques
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to be flexible, creative and show initiative while working in a challenging and fast paced environment
  • Strong written & oral communication skills
  • Solid computer experience using Excel, Word and Powerpoint, with a strong aptitude for learning new software packages
  • Self-driven and result oriented

Click here and log in to see further details and how to apply.

Please note the deadline of 31st of October.

Lun Chai aiming high!

Name: Lun ChaiLun Chai
Course: MSc International Banking and Finance
Graduated: 2011
Nationality: Chinese
Employer: Lombard Risk
Current position: Business Consultant (Regulatory Reporting)

I am working as a business consultant at Lombard Risk (in the City of London), a financial services firm. I specialise in regulatory reporting for banking clients and create automated reports of credit risk and liquidity risk to the Bank of England and European Banking Authority.

I chose to study the MSc in International Banking and Finance at the University of Durham Business School due to the excellent academic teaching, fantastic international reputation, plus the very beautiful location.

I really enjoyed my Advanced Financial Theory lectures and seminars. The teacher provided ample opportunity to present ideas in front of the whole class. I also appreciated the help from my dissertation professor who was really knowledgeable and professional. I learnt a lot from our one to one sessions.

I applied to Lombard Risk because I was very interested in the regulatory reporting/compliance sector, and it is one of the top leaders in the market to provide compliance solutions for banks and investment firms.

I discovered this opportunity on efinancialcareers.com. After the initial application I completed three rounds of interviews with managers and directors which required substantial research and preparation.

I very much appreciated help from Durham University Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. This provides students with lots of tips and information about the current job market and how to secure a job before you complete your studies. They helped me to review my CV and practice a mock face to face interview. I found this support extremely helpful, so you should make the most of it while you are at Durham to save you lots of trouble and help you avoid silly mistakes during your job hunting.