Prior to my MBA I was a part of Edelweiss Capital, within their Investment Banking Team. One of the main reasons I joined the HKU MBA Programme was to grow within the financial services domain and explore investment banking and private equity opportunities on an international level. During the MBA I built a network and met with several private equity funds and investment banking firms offering opportunities. With the help of the Career Development and Training, I also had an internship with the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association which was a great platform to meet many PE/VC teams in Hong Kong. However, I realised that language is a barrier since a large number of deals take place with corporates in China. Even though a majority of my skillsets was within the IB space, I decided to look outside my comfort zone and utilise much of my undiscovered skills. Hong Kong is the best place to meet new people and learn about different industries. I attended many events and seminars where I met professionals to understand which other industries I could add value to. I realised that affluent banking/wealth management is an industry which would be a good choice as I believe I am an extrovert and tracking the markets is something I have been doing from a very young age. My endless efforts paid off when I got introduced to ANZ and my interviews began. Since then, there has been no looking back.
I am now the relationship officer at the Affluent Banking of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) in Hong Kong. At ANZ, I am a part of the Expatriate Team where I manage clients’ investment portfolios across asset classes and geographies. My key role lies in advising my clients on various financial investments that suit their risk profiles. So far, it has been an exciting ride and I am elated by my shift in industry. There is no doubt in my mind that the HKU MBA programme provided me with the opportunity to live up to my full potential.
I would really advise the current batch to spend most of their time networking and meeting with professionals from their desired fields as it is the most effective way of securing a future in Hong Kong. I believe patience is not the ability to wait but to keep a positive attitude while waiting!
Industry: Investment Management
Company: Syena Capital (Hedge Fund)
Job Title: Due Diligence Analyst