Getting a head start in a banking career

Singaporean Banking and Finance graduate Yun Yi has won two scholarships, got an impressive job, and is also a talented musician
Yun Yi on her graduation day
"The University of London is recognised worldwide by employers and has a good reputable alumni network": Yun Yi
Units such as Investment Management taught me how financial systems work and how investors manage their portfolio, which are very relevant to my current role

Yun Yi has been positive in taking advantage of all the opportunities that have come her way.

After studying A levels at Temasek Junior College she joined SIM GE to study for a University of London degree. She says: “Although University of London was not my first choice, it enabled me to study a discipline that I was truly interested in. In addition, the University of London is recognised worldwide by employers and has a good, reputable alumni network.”

Yun Yi found that her Banking and Finance degree gave her the foundation on which to launch her career and the tools to continue learning even after graduation: “I had the flexibility to choose subjects that suited my future career and interests. Units such as Investment Management taught me how financial systems work and how investors manage their portfolio, which are very relevant to my current role.”

Yun Yi was one of 35 students to be awarded a SIM GE scholarship in 2012. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of Academic Excellence and Leadership, Sports and Artistic Talent. The scholarship covered her course fees and associated costs.

Studying at SIM GE also gave Yun Yi many opportunities to learn beyond the textbooks. For example, she participated in the Leadership Training Challenge Workshop where she practised thinking outside of the box.

A talented musician

For the past 10 years Yun Yi has been playing two classical Chinese string instruments - the Liuqin (a four-string Chinese mandolin) and the Ruan (also known as the Chinese guitar).Yun Yi playing a classical Chinese string instrument

Yun Yi has been a member of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra since 2004 and has played at their concert performances as well as playing regularly at SIM GE events. The Singapore Youth Chinese orchestra is a National Project of Excellence that aims to nurture young talented players of Chinese classical music.

An HSBC scholarship winner

Yun Yi was a winner of the HSBC-SIM Retail Banking and Wealth Management Scholarship. The HSBC-SIM Scholarship was created to identify young talent for the Retail Banking and Wealth Management division within HSBC. The scholarship is valued at S$8000 and includes a three-month internship and a one-year employment contract upon graduation. The inaugural scholarships were given to three University of London graduates in January 2013, including Lim Yun Yi.   

During her internship she spent time in HSBC’s retail banking, wealth management, and compliance departments. Through her attachment in retail banking, she acquired real-life experience interacting with customers that is outside of textbook learning.

A career in wealth management

Now she has graduated she is employed as a Senior Personal Wealth Manager at HSBC Singapore. She meets and advises clients on managing their wealth portfolio and their banking needs. This has to be done at times to suit her clients’ schedules, which means unpredictable work patterns and late nights.

While she continues to play her instruments, she is now able only to attend orchestra practices on weekends and undertake performances if she can fit them round work commitments.

She says: “Looking at how things have worked out, I am glad that I chose the BSc Banking and Finance course at SIM GE. The qualifications and the tie-up between HSBC with SIM GE has allowed me to enter the banking industry, with relevant internship experience and knowledge to handle the challenges that I faced daily.” 

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