Having studied Physics at university, I didn't know much about the world of Economics and Finance. But I needn't have worried, because my first few weeks on the analyst programme gave me a fantastic overview of MUFG as a business and an insight into the various different aspects of our work.
That induction was an amazing experience and still provides some of my fondest memories of the graduate programme. There was a really great social side to it too – Analysts from London, New York & Hong Kong all trained together – and I made lots of friends during that time that I'm still in regular contact with now.
One crucial thing I learned was the importance of teamwork. At university, you work largely on your own and your success doesn't depend on anyone else. Here, it's different. You still have your own deliverables, but your goal is the success of the business. And because that's inextricably linked to everyone else's performance too, it really inspires you to build those relationships.
I'm still at an early stage in my career, and my priority at this point is to keep on learning as much as I can. It's important to me that I'm constantly developing new skills and honing the ones that I've already gained. And that's never a problem because even the most senior people in the business are extremely approachable and always willing to help you out or offer advice on the best way to proceed.