How do you keep yourself ahead?
Continuous Learning - With continuous disruption, you cannot afford to be complacent. Don’t you want your boss to be intrigued and learn more about what else you have to offer? Leverage on the resources that you have to keep your knowledge and skills current. Apart from being open to experiment and learn as quickly as possible from your job tasks, you should invest in education and certification. In Public Bank, we sponsor Asian Institute Chartered Bankers (AICB) to stay competent as a Banker after fresh graduates complete our in-house training programmes. With the help of technology, you should also utilise online resources for research and join professional groups to keep abreast of current affairs.
How do you be high performer?
Setting a Clear Goal - Knowing what you want and setting a clear, specific, and measurable goal is important. The next step is to plan and schedule your day whether is to achieve the monthly targets or project deadlines, you will be certain of your priorities and to-do list. Regularly tracking your progress is essential as an evaluation of whether your plan is working effectively to achieve the goal you want.
Be That Team Player! - Teamwork and collaboration are common at work. To move forward with the team, one of the key components is you need to take accountability of your own actions and mistakes. You may make mistakes (which you will as a human) but you show ownership and willingness to admit and learn quickly while proactively finding solutions to complete the tasks delegated.
The Problem Solver - As you learn to proactively find and propose solutions, your problem-solving skill will be improved. Problem solving is the mark of an independent employee and a key component of a good leadership. Acquiring more technical knowledge of your field from continuous learning will also help you to familiarize with common issues. Not to forget to leverage on your creativity in problem solving with some practices, such as brainstorming and taking advantage of your most productive hours.
How do you deal with setbacks?
Resilience - Change and stress are inevitable parts of life, but you can choose your response. Mistakes are common but do you see it as opportunity for growth or failure? Taking a positive stance at work will help you to adapt to adversity and eventually seize the opportunity to shine. If you are worried that you may fall back, it would be good to have a strong social support system with the right people of similar goal as you.
Now you have an idea of what it takes to excel in a Banking career. All you need to do is take that leap of faith and get ready to shape your future!