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Work Hard Study Hard - Winner: Eliot Lauri

As soon as I finished my studies in banking, I applied for a job at MeDirect. At the time, I was confident that I had a good understanding of the main functions of a bank. However, I soon discovered that what I had learnt so far was just the basic knowledge, and that real banking procedures are learnt through experience.

When I look back at where I started, and compare it to the position I find myself in today, I realise how little I knew and what a continuous journey it is to work at MeDirect. My colleagues and I do not come to work to simply fulfil our duties, but we endeavour to achieve the highest standards when discussing new ideas on how to improve the Bank’s performance. On the other hand, the Bank provides multiple initiatives that help staff members develop further in their careers.

I am but one of the many employees who are currently still studying outside office hours. I am encouraged to do so by my managers, as they are able to see the advantages that furthering your education brings; both for the individual and for the Bank.

MeDirect’s policies support employees in multiple ways. These include providing them with study leave, as well as reimbursements of fees for courses relating to work. Having these options in place facilitates ones’ wishes to further their studies, and showcases that the Bank understands the need for ongoing learning.

These incentives are helping me both in my day-to-day work and in my career; I have managed to become a Senior Officer, with more responsibilities than those I had some years ago when I first started. Were it not for the motivation from my managers over the years, as well as for the Banks’ incentives, I would have remained in my initial position. Even if I fail an exam, the continuous support I receive from all my colleagues helps me boost my morale and re-sit the same exam until I obtain the desired mark.

To put it simply, if one works or wishes to work for MeDirect, one has to be determined to pick themselves up when they fail, and continue pushing forward until they achieve their goals. In conclusion, from my personal experience, I believe that if one is willing to work hard, be open to learning and persist in moving forward, MeDirect is sure to give you a push in the right direction.