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How to Get an ESG Graduate Job in Hong Kong

If you are a graduate living in Hong Kong and want to start a career in the fastest growing field of finance, there is a new path.

The Hong Kong Institute of Banking (HKIB) has launched a new program offering fixed-term jobs for graduates interested in working in fintech and sustainable finance

Starting September 1, 2022, HKIB’s Graduate Banking Trainee Program, which was launched jointly with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, targets recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees or above from universities in or outside Hong Kong.

About 30 participating banks offer 120 entry-level jobs in the most important growth areas for the bank- fintech, green and sustainable financeand Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) activity.

The one-year, full-time program runs from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023 and positions are advertised directly through banks, including HSBC, Standard charter and UBS. You can apply by clicking on the list of participating banks here.

In addition to in-house training provided by participating banks, graduate trainees can pursue relevant professional qualifications (such as the Enhanced Competency Framework for Banking Practitioners on Fintech) with sponsorship from their banks.

Graduate trainees can also participate in the BEST certificate program provided by HKIB and specialized training seminars organized by HKMA free of charge during the first year of employment, with the corresponding costs fully subsidized by HKMA.

The program will be open to applications from Hong Kong residents with bachelor’s or higher degrees from local universities and those outside Hong Kong in 2021 or 2022.

Banks offering positions are looking for candidates with well-developed English language skills, with Cantonese and Putonghua are considered advantageous. UBS is looking for graduates with a degree in computer science, business administration or information systems for the fintech role, with recruits working in the bank Head of the Digital and Information Office.

Salaries for graduate trainees will be determined by participating banks based on market conditions. Participating banks are entitled to reimbursement of 50% of monthly salary, subject to a cap of HK$6,000, from HKMA for each graduate trainee for the first year.

Applications opened May 3 and interviews run through August with jobs starting September 1.

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