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No matter what you are currently studying, our UK Head Start Programme is designed to provide you with a rewarding experience giving you a great insight into what it is like to work at HSBC.

For:        First-year undergraduates studying a three-year degree or for second-year undergraduates of a four-year degree

Duration:             Nine days

Areas:                   All Business divisions

Start date:           August 2023 onwards

Location:              UK


Requirements: Our Head Start Programme aims to provide you with a rewarding experience giving you a great insight into what it is like to work at HSBC, as well as our culture and values. We will deliver several interactive sessions allowing you to demystify the world of Banking and build your understanding of our global businesses.

You will have the opportunity to enhance key skills to develop your potential when making future career choices. This Hybrid Programme will start off with 4 virtual sessions followed by a week of in person experiences taking place at one of our Head Offices.

During our virtual sessions you will hear from our senior business leaders, recent graduates as well as our graduate recruitment team. These sessions will be delivered virtually every Monday during the summer (July/August dates to be confirmed).

We will then invite you to take part in a “Work experience weekfrom September 4th – 8th, where you will get the opportunity to explore a more in depth look at one of our business lines. Upon completion of the programme, you will be asked to submit an early application to our 2024 Summer Internship and we will provide you with further support to perform well in our recruitment process.

To be eligible for this Programme you will have achieved or will be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:1 Degree classification / 3.2 GPA or higher or overseas equivalent to this. Payment contribution will be made for attendees of the in person “Work experience week”.

Applications open:           27 October 2022

Applications close:           31 January 2023

Start date:                           August 2023 onwards

What to expect

During this five-day programme we will provide you with an introduction to the various business areas of HSBC and what it means to work in the world of financial services.

Throughout the programme we will offer various workshops to increase your knowledge, develop your skills and confidence alongside aiding your employability for the future.

What you will do

During this programme, you can discover where your skills and passions fit best by immersing yourself in interactive learning sessions and skills workshops. You will hear from senior leaders and professionals from our core business areas to give you an insight into how we work in each area.

This programme will help you understand how we work with our customers on exciting and innovative projects, you will gain an introduction to technology at HSBC and the latest technological advancements, and learn the importance of teamwork and the communication skills needed to build client relationships.

Whatever degree discipline you are studying, your skills and passions have a place at HSBC. The UK Head Start Programme will allow you to not only learn about the bank, but also to learn a bit about yourself.

Who does this suit?

HSBC is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout its workforce and wants all students to apply. Regardless of degree discipline or background, we are looking for motivated and curious individuals who align with HSBC’s values:

  • We value difference: we champion inclusivity by listening, removing barriers, and seeking out views different from our own. The greater our empathy and diversity, the better we reflect the worlds of our customers and communities – and the better we can serve them
  • We succeed together: we make the connections that allow us to realize the full potential of those opportunities
  • We take responsibility: we ensure we leverage those opportunities with integrity
  • We get it done: we commit to tenaciously following through the actions that make those opportunities a reality

What can this lead to?

If our UK Head Start Programme inspires you, now is the time to start thinking about a future internship with us. After the programme you will have the opportunity to submit an early application to a 2023 internship, which could be the start of an exciting and successful career with HSBC.


About HSBC

You want a career with opportunities? HSBC has a world of them.

We are looking for new students and graduates who are collaborative and curious thinkers, with the courage to challenge the status quo and the motivation to make a positive impact for customers worldwide. No matter what your interests and skills are, a career at HSBC will give you the opportunities, experiences, networks and training you need – so there’s no limit to how far you’ll go.

HSBC is one of the world’s largest, most diverse international banking and financial service organisations. With 3,800 offices in 64 countries and territories, we serve 40 million customers in both established and emerging markets. We aim to be where the growth is, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We put diversity at the heart of our business because we understand how important it is both for commercial success and our customers. We want a connected and international workforce of unique thinkers who are open to a range of perspectives that reflect the communities and markets in which we serve. HSBC provides an open, supportive, and inclusive working environment, providing tailored training and support to help employees thrive in their chosen career path.