Call­ing all bank­ing ‘geeks’

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE

BAR­CLAYS Africa and Absa are look­ing for young tech­savvy grad­u­ates to join their an­nual Ris­ing Ea­gles grad­u­ate pro­gramme, which is aimed at grad­u­ates who are pas­sion­ate about tech­nol­ogy and will use it to en­gi­neer the fu­ture of bank­ing.

Group head of lead­er­ship, learn­ing and re­sourc­ing for Bar­clays Africa, Ja­son Davies, said the pro­gramme was for top tal­ent on the con­ti­nent.

“Its an in­te­grated ap­proach to train­ing and de­vel­op­ment that com­bines class­room train­ing, group ac­tiv­i­ties, as­sign­ments and e-learn­ing.”

Davies said bank­ing spe­cial­ists would be giv­ing talks on sub­jects of key rel­e­vance to the pro­fes­sion. This learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was be­ing of­fered to grad­u­ates across Africa – in South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Sey­chelles, Tanzania and Uganda.

“It’s re­ally about tak­ing our op­por­tu­nity as a big or­gan­i­sa­tion to cre­ate a space for grad­u­ates to bring all of their new ideas and think­ing in a place where their ideas can hap­pen.

“A lot of th­ese grad­u­ates have great ideas once leav­ing uni­ver­sity but they haven’t got the plat­form to make it work,” said Davies.

“We have de­signed a 12-month pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with Duke cor­po­rate ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

“The fu­ture of bank­ing is ex­cit­ing,” said Davies.

Ris­ing Ea­gle alum­nus Yachna Bharath, 25, joined the grad­u­ate pro­gramme in 2015 and cur­rently holds a po­si­tion within BAGL: Big Data, An­a­lyt­ics, Prod­uct & Plat­forms at Absa. Bharath said the pro­gramme ac­cel­er­ated her un­der­stand­ing of the in­dus­try and in­tro­duced her to new cul­tures from other coun­tries.

“It showed me that there are many ways to ap­proach and to solve a prob­lem. Per­son­ally I was po­si­tioned in the Big Data team, and this was a phe­nom­e­nal learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially since we are in a time where data is one of the world’s big­gest as­sets,” said Bharath.

“I look back now and it’s over­whelm­ing how far I have come in my ca­reer. The fi­nan­cial in­dus­try is a highly com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment that has been a major con­tribut­ing fac­tor to change the ap­proach to de­liv­er­ing value to cus­tomers,” said the de­ter­mined 25-yearold.

“The shift to util­is­ing new tech­nol­ogy and tech-savvy data sci­en­tists and grad­u­ates, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the knowl­edge that the bank al­ready holds, en­ables quick-to-mar­ket so­lu­tions and/or prod­ucts based on mar­ket de­mands,” she said.

“I want grad­u­ates to know that not ev­ery­thing comes eas­ily and that hard work def­i­nitely pays off. One needs to keep dreaming and have am­bi­tion to achieve one’s goals…”

“If you want to be in a com­pany that lis­tens to your ideas, that col­lab­o­rates and grows you both as a per­son but also gives you op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure your ca­reer is suc­cess­ful, then Absa is def­i­nitely for you,” said Bharath.

One of the tech grad­u­ates from the 2017 in­take, Chris Chuch, said he works in one of the teams that en­ables the bank to move its tech­nol­ogy into the cloud, sav­ing the bank mil­lions in in­fra­struc­ture ex­pen­di­ture.

The re­cruit­ment process for the 2018 Ris­ing Ea­gles pro­gramme is now open and runs un­til June 18. To see if you qual­ify for the tech­no­log­i­cal pro­gramme, ap­ply on­line at http://www.risingea­gles. mobi/ @Zwane_2li2ls

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