Are you about to graduate this year? Are you looking to join a financial services firm in Hong Kong or Singapore but haven’t lined up a job yet? Your search won’t be easy – most banks in the two cities stopped receiving applications for their 2015 graduate training programmes several months ago.
But there are still a few graduate openings in Singapore and Hong Kong. We’ve looked through the websites of major financial institutions to reveal some of the roles that remain on offer.
The Asia-focused bank is more flexible with its graduate deadlines that most of its rivals. In Singapore Stan Chart is still taking applications for a graduate programme in retail banking, while in Hong Kong its technology and operations, financial crime risk (FCR) and transaction banking divisions are recruiting. The last two look particularly appealing – FCR is a hot sector to start your career in, while the transaction banking traineeship comes with a guaranteed stint overseas. Apply here.
While most teams in Citi shut their doors to Asian graduate applicants in late 2014, consumer banking accepts CVs throughout the year. The sector may not get your blood racing, but it's a highly successful part of Citi’s Asian franchise and has been expanding under departing regional CEO Stephen Bird. A good opportunity for graduates seeking job security over excitement. Apply here.
The US bank is hiring two full-time quantitative researchers in Hong Kong and it wants to pluck them straight out of university. You will have to be finishing a Masters, PhD or “equivalent degree programme” in maths, statistics, econometrics, financial engineering or computer science. Advanced financial modeling skills are a must. Apply here.
The firm has 11 graduate vacancies across its assurance, advisory, risk and tax divisions in Hong Kong but has no such jobs in Singapore right now. The most exciting role appears to be in “forensic services” advisory, where you’ll get to help investigate potential financial crime for PwC clients. Apply here.
By contrast, EY’s graduate positions (six of them, all commencing in July) are mostly in Singapore, not Hong Kong. We suggest applying to the “performance improvement” post to clock up some IT advisory experience in the hot sector of big data and information management. There are also vacancies in risk, internal audit and IT security. Apply here.
Asian opportunities at the Swiss bank are limited to “industrial placements” in equities, operations and legal in Singapore. These are essentially apprenticeships – a poor-man’s traineeship without the same job security as they only last a year. But at UBS they are at least open to graduates (not just final-year students as at some other banks) and the equities placement could kick start your career in investment banking. Apply here, but be quick – deadlines are looming.
Unless you’re after a career in retail banking, the only graduate programme at DBS currently open to applicants is in technology in Singapore. This is a traditional, long-haul traineeship – a four-week induction on the “fundamentals of banking”, followed by two 11-month stints across different parts of the bank’s IT department. Apply here.
Do you want a solid grounding in Hong Kong’s banking sector? Do you speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin? BEA is looking for candidates with zero to two years’ experience for its 24-month management training scheme. You'll do stints in personal banking, corporate banking, operations support, treasury, risk management and "China" (the BEA division, not the country). Apply here.
At this time of the year Goldman isn’t offering any full-time jobs but it does have “off-cycle” internships with rolling deadlines in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Importantly, they’re open to people who’ve graduated within the past 12 months – not only to current students – and Goldman even allows you to select your desired division when applying online. If that all sounds appealingly flexible, remember that the programme is effectively a last-chance saloon to get into Goldman as a graduate, hence competition for places will be formidable. Apply here.