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A day in the life of the Deutsche Bank associate who reflects before work and dances after

Akhila Chaganti is an Associate in the Product Management team for Securities Services in the Corporate Bank at Deutsche Bank Singapore. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a major in Economics in 2020 and joined Deutsche Bank’s Graduate Programme a few months later. This is what a typical day looks like for her.

7am. I wake up early but not too early and try to reflect and do a bit of journaling before I get out of bed. I usually leave for the office around 8.45am, so the mornings aren’t too rushed.

9.15 I arrive in the office and my working day begins. I’m a generalist in Product Management and I help build new products and enhance existing products for our large Securities Services client base. My role spans everything from product governance (making sure we are aware of the risks and have controls applied to our products) to meeting with the digital and data partners. We’re usually working on a few new products and technology integration projects simultaneously.

9.30. I have an ad-hoc catch-up with some of my team. I help look after product governance and approvals for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Whilst assembling a new product approval request, I ensure that it covers the scope of what we’re offering to clients and that it’ has the necessary approvals. For example, right now we’re working on a platform enhancement. Part of my role is all about ensuring that the changes are captured properly and that governance procedures are applied.

10.30am. I also work on marketing communications for the team, so that our salespeople know how our products are evolving. I spend an hour working on a piece of communication about product updates with my colleagues in the regions – India, China and ASEAN for example.

11.30am. I’m onboarding a new application and ensuring that all the legal agreements have been signed. For this, I need inputs from our legal team, technology team and our governance team. 

12.30. I usually take 45 minutes or so for lunch, although when there are team lunches we’ll take an hour plus. Sometimes I’ll bring food from home and I’ll eat in the pantry in the office. This is a really nice room with a kitchen and a seating area. Other times, we’ll go out. The office is well located for Lau Pa Sat, which is one of the oldest hawker centres and has some of the best food in Singapore.

1.15pm. I’m working on a presentation that I’m making to a client later in the day.

2pm. While my mornings are spent meeting colleagues in the APAC region, my afternoons are more often spent in conversations with our API leads and colleagues across other regions. It’s always good to get an update about what they’re working on.

3pm. I have a meeting with a client. With some clients I will have a weekly or biweekly catch-up so that we can look at how products are evolving, how testing is proceeding and whether there are any potential roadblocks. 

4pm. I’m talking to our external vendors or internal developers for a few demos of the new platform. I want to understand whether we have the right product approvals, the status of production testing and when it can go live.

5pm. I have a meeting with colleagues in other regions such as Europe.

6pm. I spent some more time working on new product requests and preparing communications about products we plan to launch in the next week.

7pm. I’ll also work on a client deck or have a meeting with clients or work on a few trackers and updates for the team. 

7.30pm. I usually end my day between 7.30 and 8pm and am back home at around 8.30pm. I’ll have some dinner and do some journaling or some dancing – I like to do a 15-20 minute high intensity dance workout from YouTube and if I don’t do that I’ll have a walk around the block. Then I’ll come back and have a shower and read my book, although I also procrastinate a lot and end up looking at my phone and emails!

On Friday evenings, I’ll sometimes go out with the team from work. We try our best to organize a fun event every quarter if not we usually go out to get an ice cream or some food together.  

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