Jiaqi Zhu – China
"Communication is one of the most important skills required of someone in HR. Especially during my 2–year assignment working in the Tokyo Head Office, I had a lot of opportunities to communicate and collaborate with colleagues from different departments, levels within the organization, and cultures, which helped me a lot in my personal development."
What do you do at Mizuho?
I work in the HR planning team of Mizuho China's Shanghai head office. I am mainly in charge of HR policies and procedures, performance appraisals, and ad hoc HR–related projects.
What has been your proudest moment/most rewarding experience while working at Mizuho?
A recent example is the first issue of our internal magazine which we released in February 2017. As a member of the project team, I took an active role in editing the content. I really felt all the effort and hard work was worth it when colleagues throughout our office told me they liked it very much and are looking forward to reading the next issue soon.
What do you do for fun outside work?
I try to spend as much time as possible doing sports to keep healthy. Hot yoga and swimming are my current favorites.
What is the first thing you read every day (and why)?
Every morning on my way to the office I read the latest articles published on my subscription accounts of “Wechat” (a kind of Chinese version of Facebook), to gain unique insight into what's happening around the world.
How is Mizuho different from other places where you have worked?
I used to work for an American manufacturing company. I think Mizuho, as a traditional Japanese bank, values teamwork and places importance on following defined processes and maintaining high risk–prevention awareness. It's a great place to learn things, as more experienced colleagues are always willing to share their knowledge and knowhow!
What skill or competency do you feel you have enhanced while at Mizuho?
Communication skills with people from different cultures and in different roles.