Insider Magazine: Third Episode – Edgar (Project Management Office, WeLab Bank)

Q:  Briefly introduce your backgroundPrior to joining WeLab, I worked as a programmer, and then transitioned into business consulting to support ERP implementation for clients.Q:  Can you describe the way we work here?  How does it differ to other industries that you worked before?The efficiency and speed here at WeLab is unmatched of! In the company, we really have a lot of face-to-face communication and co-operation. We stress the importance of team-work and collaboration given the speed and standard we demand here.To me, the biggest difference is definitely the regulations that is imposed on our work as we are a virtual bank. Besides that, I really can feel the start-up gene within the company, as everyone here is open to discussion, and there is no “default” way of working, as long as it complies with the regulations. As many unexpected changes happening around the industry, we are allowed to take experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. I absolutely love this kind of freedom to explore new methods and engage in novel tasks.Q:  How would you describe your first 90 days here?Even now, I always think I’m still new and have less than 90 days here (though it’s clearly not the case, lol!)My first 90 days at WeLab was definitely challenging and enjoyable. My manager has given me great and clear guidance, so I always knew what my responsibilities are. The culture here is amazing as I receive a lot of support from my co-workers, and we have a saying here that we truly embrace — “never not my job”. I credit this drive and passion to the young mental culture that we developed over-time!There were lots of challenges that I had to learn how to deal with. Some notable ones including urgent and unexpected issues — e.g. resources, communication, risk compliance problems — and it took me some time to get used to the fast-paced and slightly hectic environment. When there are new problems, we have to figure out some new solutions without any reference – that is the experience that I enjoy much.Q:  Any tips to people who are thinking to take a leap into the FinTech industry?First, don’t be wowed (or fooled) by the word Fin-Tech. It’s really just finance and technology, and it’s definitely accessible to most people.In Hong Kong, there are 8 virtual banks and many traditional banks, keen competition is guaranteed. This naturally means that you’ll be very busy if you decide to dive in.At WeLab, we embrace new technology, methodology, and even business development procedures. For the young talents, you will be able to learn a lot in a short time-frame. Unlike a traditional businesses, discussions and communications are definitely the key to success, so you must be able to collaborate radically with other teams.Virtual Banking is a highly regulated industry in Hong Kong, therefore, you must learn how to work effectively under a set of rules with agility.If you guys are interested, drop your cv here!