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Jasmine Tso
Imperial College London
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
2016 Management Trainee

When I joined the Management Trainee Programme, I was given the opportunity to gain a thorough insight into the core functions of Hong Kong’s financial market. The departmental familiarisation and training provided me with comprehensive knowledge of the company’s businesses as well as the operations of Hong Kong’s financial industry. Through the departmental attachments, not only did I increase my professional knowledge, but I also developed leadership and teamwork skills which are vital to my personal career development.

In the first week of my rotation in the Market Development division, I was asked to be in charge of a system development project which involved liaising with various teams. I had to take initiative in decision making and problem solving when faced with difficulties. Despite my lack of experience, I was given responsibility and was able make a contribution to the team at the same time, which was very memorable and rewarding!

Raymond Ho
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Business Administration in Professional Accountancy
2015 Management Trainee

There is no better way to take a front-row seat in the securities market than by working at HKEX. The Management Trainee Programme offers me excellent exposure in key functions behind the robust Hong Kong securities market. Here, I work alongside professional teams through either participating in market initiatives or supporting daily functions. HKEX, as a market regulator and listed exchange, allows for a comprehensive view on listing and business functions.

In the Listing Division, taking part in monitoring issuers’ post-listing compliance really enriches my exposure to our frontline regulator role. I gained a deeper understanding of current market behaviour ranging from mergers and acquisitions and fundraising to financial statement reporting through interaction with colleagues in accounting and legal. Whether it is an internal intellectual discussion or external case negotiation, this technical environment has proven itself to be a unique learning ground for new joiners keen to explore the dynamics of the securities market.

Charles Kwan
University of Cambridge
Master of Engineering
2014 Management Trainee

The 28-month programme provides significant exposure and substantial opportunities for learning and career growth. I am able to work with highly intellectual individuals and get a glimpse of how they tackle challenging problems.

I had an unforgettable experience during the first week of my second rotation at Derivatives Clearing Operations when I was presented with the opportunity to take part in a brainstorming session and design process for a major project with LME. The recognition from the team was satisfying and it was a pleasant surprise to know that my ideas were equally valued despite my relative lack of experience in the team. Being able to make a difference is now the fuel I burn on when faced with challenging times at HKEX. Hard work pays off!

Kenneth Lock
University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
2012 Management Trainee

In Group Strategy, we often collaborate with different business units across the firm to develop new initiatives. Moving into this role was a natural transition for me because the Management Trainee Programme equipped me with a thorough understanding of the key business areas through its department rotations. Along the way, I have also fostered great relationships with colleagues – which are extremely helpful when you are only one phone call away from the subject experts.

As a Management Trainee in Group Strategy, my typical day will usually be related to business planning which consists of market research and stakeholder engagement. As the development of new initiatives or strategies often requires deep understanding of the market, trainees are exposed to senior management internally and externally where they can learn from their years of experience. At the end of the day, not every idea will be implemented but it is a challenging and dynamic process which I truly enjoy.

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