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ARE YOU READY?
There is little doubt that Hong Kong, a cosmopolitan city and international financial centre, offers ample career opportunities in the finance sector for professionals and university graduates. Not simply jobs, but careers with clear growth and development paths. When asked what type of financial organisations they would like to work for, most young graduates will say a bank or, more specifically, an investment bank. It is worth noting that career choices in finance are much broader and diverse than that.
Aside from banking or investment banking, career opportunities abound in various finance-related industries, including asset management, financial consulting, real estate investment trust (REIT) management, insurance, peer-to-peer lending, stock exchanges and regulatory bodies. As financial management is indispensable to the growth of any organisation, including non-profits, the accounting and auditing fields are also attractive choices for those interested in a career in finance. Far more than just crunching numbers and preparing reports, finance offers diverse paths of professional growth and a head start to those aspiring to take up leadership roles in an organisation. Success in getting a position that suits one’s skills and character calls for a strategy of “2A-2P”: ASK, ACT, PREPARE and PLAN.
ASK yourself what drives and motivates you. Where do you want to go career-wise? What interests you? What are your aspirations? Unless you are utterly clear about what you are striving towards, there is no need to confine yourself to a single field of work. On the other hand, a sense of “I don’t know what I don’t know” is quite common among undergraduates or fresh graduates. A lot can be done to shed light on, and get ready for, the path ahead.
ACT! How? The word “ready” contains the clue – “read”. Getting ready means reading widely and wisely about the field that you want to explore. The Chinese word 閱歷, which translates as “experience” and comprises the characters for “read” and “experience”, is an even better reflection of reading and learning through real-life experience. There are no shortcuts to understanding the world of work.
PREPARE for your career journey. We are lucky to live in an information age where relevant information, data and insights are easily accessible. However, obtaining information intelligently is critical, since news and reports can be overly generalised and distorted. Just cite an example, in the assessment centre, a candidate did quote Next Media Animation as the major source of news update. It is therefore crucial to do original research using extensive and in-depth resources.
PLAN for and invest in your career path by acquiring useful experience during your years of study. Work experience is a unique platform for students and graduates to understand and experience life in the workplace. Summer internship programmes with leading companies are good ways to build skills and familiarise yourself with business operations. However, competition for these opportunities is fierce. Even without the opportunity to pursue an internship in your chosen field, there are other ways to experience work life. Take the example of the first-year student who got a data entry job in a non-governmental organisation for a month. When she was successfully recruited as a summer intern at a CFA firm in her second year, she was able to dive comfortably into the new working environment in just a few days. Even though it was in a different industry and for a different type of organisation, her first job strengthened her work competencies. All types of experience count, so prepare yourself and start early!
I hope that this “2A-2P” model will better equip you for the challenges and choices that lie ahead. Last but not least, I would like to share with you the ABCD of Link’s core competency framework, which offers insights into the type of talents that companies are looking for today: A for Analysis & Execution, B for Business Orientation, C for Communication & Impact, and D for Drive & Commitment.
Good luck in your pursuit of a fulfilling career!
PHYLLIS NG, Director (Human Resources), Link Asset Management Limited
Phyllis oversees the human resources, learning and development and general administration functions of Link. She joined the Manager in March 2016 and is the director of a subsidiary of Link. She is a seasoned professional having held various senior human resources management positions in internationally recognised financial institutions, including seventeen years at UBS AG. Her past duties included a full spectrum of human resources functions covering Hong Kong, PRC and the Asia Pacific region. With this extensive work experience, she established her own consulting business in 2013, engaging in cross-industry human resources projects. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Hong Kong and an Executive MBA degree from the Guanghua School of Management of the Peking University.