Tracy Poon – United Kingdom
"The most rewarding moment so far while working at Mizuho was probably helping to launch the Women's Network in EMEA. What started as a small focus group has developed into a large group of likeminded colleagues who are passionate about the same business, leadership and career progression issues and attitudes surrounding women in this industry"
What do you do at Mizuho?
I sit within the Business Analysis Team in IAFD, working closely with the Origination and Portfolio teams on leveraged finance transactions. The team's middle office functions include credit ratings, credit support, portfolio reporting and portfolio monitoring.
What has been your proudest moment/most rewarding experience while working at Mizuho?
The most rewarding moment so far while working at Mizuho was probably helping to launch the Women's Network in EMEA. What started as a small focus group has developed into a large group of likeminded colleagues who are passionate about the same business, leadership and career progression issues and attitudes surrounding women in this industry.
What skill or competency do you feel you have enhanced while at Mizuho?
My interpersonal skills have developed significantly compared to when I was in my previous employment, which was an investment branch of one of the top five regional banks in Japan. Transitioning from a small branch to a large corporate bank has expanded my network and given me a boost in confidence.
What is the most important thing you have learned while at Mizuho or in the industry?
Whilst I've gained more experience in the industry, I think one of the most important things I've learnt while at Mizuho is trust. This can mean from simply learning to trust your colleagues more in order to function as an effective team, or improving our customer service in order to maintain our customers' trust.
What is a topic or issue outside of financial services that interests you?
Outside of work, climate change and the way we interact with the environment is something that I've been increasingly concerned about in recent years. I think we can all take small steps to help reverse the situation, by making better lifestyle choices or volunteering in environment projects, which I've recently committed to.
Tell us about something you have learned from another culture.
Having lived in Japan for a year as part of my university degree, there were several aspects of Japanese culture that I found fascinating, even for someone who was born in Asia (Hong Kong) and has lived in England for many years. My favorite is by far the respectful culture, which has rubbed off on me as I keep bowing to people when thanking them!