Unique Hong Kong opportunity – Evangelos Makris
It’s been eleven months since I first stepped foot on the 1st floor of 25 Ropemaker Street as a new product control graduate analyst… and now I am writing this blog from the 10th floor of the Hong Kong office. In less than a year, I have been given the opportunity to be involved in an important project for the international business and be exposed to a different culture than mine. Starting this grad journey from a different place to most of my fellow grads, I got significant desk exposure first, accompanied by rotations and the “welcome” grad training month at the end. Each and every one component of the grad training helped me to secure this 6-month secondment and the opportunity to make a significant impact for the regional coverage in Hong Kong.
It is my first time in Asia but I think I have adapted well. A new team, new challenges and new opportunities lie ahead. While in London, I spent a significant amount of my time interacting with people in Hong Kong by phone and email. At last, what was only a name or email account has given its place to a face, a person. Personal communication is the key for all businesses in order to achieve better results and this is something I have been working on over the last month. MUFG values are key here; people have the same aspirations as in London and share the same goals – so I feel right at home!
I am only at the beginning of this journey and pretty sure that exciting things lie ahead. I look forward to sharing these with the MUFG community in my next blog, accompanied by hopefully my travel experiences in this magnificent continent (coming here and not travelling is impossible!!!).