Hashem Ejaz

Finance Graduate

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Working with LBG’s executive board, paving the way for research into autism in the workplace and visiting Amsterdam with his team – all while gaining an industry recognised accounting qualification – Hashem Ejaz reflects on his LBG journey so far.

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Right at the heart

“Finance is at the core of Lloyds Banking Group – we need to know exactly what is going on and what’s happening in the industry. I interact with a lot of shareholders and higher management, whether that’s to relay figures or discuss how we can take the bank forward.”

A broad view

“The Graduate programme provides greater variety to develop well-rounded skill sets. I worked across three different cities in a number of great roles, such as working in our Investor Relations team, helping shape the LBG story to the external market. I also spent six months in a Halifax branch, which was something completely different – seeing people come in with a problem and leave with a smile. It was hard work, dealing with customers on the frontline, but I could actually see how we were helping them. It was amazing!”

Learning the trade

“During the scheme, I studied to become a qualified chartered accountant. With exams every few months, balancing study and work was a new challenge but I received great support throughout and it helped me understand the fundamentals of the finance aspect of my roles. There’s also the added bonus of gaining a qualification that’s recognised across the globe and multiple industries.”

Leading national research

“I’ve been working for a charity called Ambitious About Autism. They wanted to help people with autism to enter the workplace, so we created a pack of information showing how people with autism have unique skills. We then distributed it to employers to show them how these skills could help their business. The project was a huge success.”

Social butterfly

“I joined LBG in September and by the following February, a number of my team took a trip to Amsterdam – sightseeing activities, the works. It shows you how quickly you build up friendships here – the social scene is brilliant and it’s great to have friends in every location you work in.”

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Daniel Russell

Daniel Russell
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Hebe Wildi

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