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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be considered if I do not have a Business or Finance major?

The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines as we place a strong emphasis on overall potential. At the beginning of the Graduate Programmes, we will provide comprehensive training to help you build a good foundation in banking knowledge before your rotations to the different business areas (if applicable). Therefore, it is not necessary to have a business or finance degree to join the Graduate Programmes.

What kind of candidates is DBS looking for?

At DBS, we hire candidates based on merit and fit. We look to hire people who can contribute to the bank, and who possess the right skills needed for the role. They have strong communication skills, and are adaptable, creative, decisive and dedicated. They are also team players. These are some of the critical skills we look out for in graduates who apply to join our talent development programmes such as the DBS Management Associate Programme.

Today, Asia is growing at an unprecedented pace and broad trends involving the global economy, technology and the banking industry are changing the landscape that DBS is operating in. Against such a backdrop, DBS is focused on being innovative, and we are looking out for people who have an innovative mindset. Being innovative isn’t just about being tech-savvy or great with social media. People who possess this skill must be able to embrace change, look for ways to improve their work, find smarter answers, and deliver simpler solutions for our customers. They must be able to make an impact.

What will be my career track?

All Graduate Associates will go through a structured programme which comprises of Campus Trainings and stints in/across different business areas. The Programme Manager will work together with you to design your Individual Development Plan. Key considerations will include your individual strengths, career interests, as well as business needs.

What type of training will I receive?

The structure of our training is based on a mix of experience, education and relationship and is founded on an intensive curriculum which includes banking and financial skills and concepts, business and personal effectiveness modules, DBS values immersion and field trips. After the initial training, ongoing training and development opportunities will also be provided depending on the business unit you are attached to.

How quickly can I progress?

Both the Management Associate Programme and Graduate Associate Programme are broad-based development programmes designed for high potential individuals who have a passion to build successful and fast-tracked careers in DBS. Management/Graduate Associates will join as Analysts and be placed under a fast-track progression within the programme period. Promotions will be reviewed subject to good performance. Opportunities for regional exposure will also be available for outstanding individuals who have performed well to further enhance their career development.

What will be my salary and benefits package?

We have a competitive compensation package. You will learn more about the package details during our recruitment process.

How can I apply?

All applications must be made online via our Graduate Programme careers page.

The commencement date for Graduate Programmes 2017 will be in July 2017. If you have what it takes to join us on the Graduate Programmes journey, take charge and submit your application now. Applications for the 2017 intake will open in September 2016 and close in December 2016.

What is the selection process for the Graduate Programmes like?

All applications must be submitted online via our Career Website at Our application and selection processes involve some or all of the following stages, depending on the programme.

  1. Completion and submission of online application
  2. Online assessments for short-listed candidates
  3. Interviews
  4. Assessment Centres