Standard Bank has taken strides to not only invest in young talents, but also extended the process by looking at improving the lives of young people in a way that would be meaningful and lasting through the Standard Bank Graduate Programme.
The first intake of graduates joining the bank under the newly introduced annual Graduate Programme was early this March. One such students is Ndatola Hangula, who in this interview courtesy of the bank’s public relations division. gives his impressions about the programme.
Why did you choose to join Standard Bank graduate programme?
I felt that I needed to gain experience in different areas of financial institutions and the program offers graduates a chance to rotate within the bank.
Watching football, DIY projects, reading novels and having long interesting conversations.
Where did you grow up?
Your favourite quote:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Do you have any unusual habits?
I drink all my tea/coffee cold or lukewarm at best.
What attracted you to Standard Bank?
I felt that I needed to gain experience in different areas of financial institutions and the programme offers graduates a chance to rotate within the bank.
What have been your key achievements since joining Standard Bank?
Thus far I haven’t had any major achievements, but have come to recognise personal areas which need development for my career to flourish. I do, however, expect numerous achievements over the coming months.
What are you reading at the moment?
Paulo Coelho’s ‘Manuscripts from Accra’.
What do you do to unwind after a long day’s work?
Listening to loud music while running on a treadmill or listening to Nina Simone on full blast while cooking and having a good glass of red.