Newcastle University Business School

Jacquelyn Wong

Alumni profile

About Jacquelyn

Current job: Sales Business Strategy Officer at the Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Current location: Hong Kong
Nationality: Portuguese
LinkedIn: Jacquelyn Wong

About Jacquelyn's career

Since graduating, what have you gone on to do?
Following my graduation from Newcastle University, I went on to pursue a Master's Degree at another university in the UK before beginning my professional career. I started by entering a marketing agency where I gained exposure to the digital marketing field. After a short period of time I took the opportunity to apply for a Graduate Trainee position at my current company, the Bank of China. Considering the size of the company, and the role of a trainee, I believe I can learn and grow faster in such an environment.

At first, I was allocated to work frontline, which gave me plenty of exposure to the operations side of an established bank. I obtained all necessary licenses, and by coincidence I was chosen to transfer to the back office to work in my current role. It has been half a year since the transfer and I am very motivated in what I do. Many may think the banking industry is mundane and rigid, but since I started my current role as a Sales Business Strategy Officer, I have realise it also involves creativity and lots more! For example, I was involved in a project to organise a conference which involved taking charge of the design works and video making. 

About Jacquelyn's Newcastle experience

What was your favourite thing about your course?
I really enjoyed the Business Enterprise module which allowed me to open up a small business with a group of classmates. It was a great opportunity for me to understand a business in a nutshell.

What extra-curricular activities or societies were you involved with during your time here?
I was a member of the Student Action Community Newcastle (SCAN), the Dance society, and AIESEC. 

For AISEC, I was part of the Business Development Team, responsible for building relationship with local companies based in and around Newcastle. We went for meetings with them and promoted AIESEC, with the aim of helping students all around the world to gain internships worldwide. AIESEC holds various conferences, I attended some of them, and also organised a Train-the-Trainers conference at Newcastle University. I really enjoyed being part of AIESEC, because it provided great opportunities for students to meet new friends from all around the world. The more you input, the more you get in return.

I would recommend other students to join a society, because it is important for expanding your personal network and developing interpersonal skills. These are soft skills that cannot be taught.

About the future

How do you see future technologies or new ways of working (future of work) affecting your sector?
Taking the banking industry as an example, I believe that the company will demand for technology-related skills in every role in the future. Some banks have already obtained the virtual banking license, and there is no doubt all market players will take action to adopt technology in different aspects soon in the future.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
I will probably remain in my current company, but take part in a more active role in strategic planning. 

Profile uploaded: 30/04/2019