To be honest, I had never thought about a
sales-related role, but even though the opportunity pushed me outside of my
comfort zone, I was excited to take it on and I have had no regrets about my
an analytical background, a role as a trade originator has given me a lot of scope
for adventure and excitement. With a
well-structured induction plan and a lot of help from my friendly new
colleagues, I have acquired an abundance of new trade product knowledge as well
as developing my interpersonal skills. Preparing
for client meetings and working on the
development of marketing materials in a fast-moving sales environment continually
stretches my limits and builds my confidence.
In February, as part of my
current role, I worked closely with our regional marketing colleagues in planning
and delivering an international trade round table discussion. As part of the
round table we assessed the latest international trade trends and provided
insights into the current fraud risks in the international trading environment.
This was a great event for client engagement and one that has helped us to continue
with our aim of becoming the ‘Go-To’ bank for our clients.
strict deadlines and tight budgets, I carefully managed risks and resources in
order to meet our goals. I also acted as the first point of contact for our guests,
ensuring that their needs were fully accommodated. Working with a large team helped me to develop
my communication skills and ability to work with a variety of different people.
We often hear others say ‘you
should step out of your comfort zone’ but this can be easier said than done. It
takes time and effort to learn something new, especially when the task stretches
your current limits, and one of the benefits of a rotational programme is that
it provides a structured environment to explore different business areas within
the bank and learn new things.
Never be afraid to try
something new, because every opportunity can help you to build new skills.