Applications date: 1 April — 31 July

Global Markets Graduate Program

Growing top talent that builds transformation in
the business and wider industry. #BravePassionateReady

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Grows brave ideas and drive excellence.

Launched in 2017, with a focus on building the next generation of Global Markets professionals, the aim of the Absa CIB Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme is to grow top talent and build transformation in our business and wider industry.
We’re committed to nurturing future leaders and developing financial services professionals from a junior level to fill the leadership roles in this specialised, niche field. That’s #Africanacity.

Apply by the 31st of July

Are you brave, passionate and ready to join our Graduate Programme?

Join our team of global leaders and gain exposure to the various aspects of our business as we provide new graduates with real world, practical on-the-ground experience. We’re looking for graduates from a diverse set of universities, faculties and degrees to become a part of our Pan African business.

We're looking for partners with ambition and tenacity to stand with us and light up the continent. Join our team of world-class leaders for today and tomorrow.

Meet the 2022 Graduates


Mohapi Ramatsoku

MM Finance and Investment (Wits Business School)

“So often as a grad you worry about adding value to an organisation. Fortunately, with the Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme, you are equipped with enough resources to do such. The programme will not only provide technical skills but also interpersonal skills that are usually overlooked”.


Shaquille Ward

Bcom Hons Business Science (Fort Hare)

“The Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme is all about continuous learning and professional development. There is an emphasis on growing young talent and great support is provided as you begin your career”.


Ompha Shandukani

Mcom Risk Management of Financial Markets (UCT)

“A key differentiator that has stood out for me in the Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme is the culture. Absa has a culture that fosters inquisitiveness, which translates to continuous learning. It is an environment that supports the development of both technical and soft skills”.


Nabeela Malek

Mcom in Investment Management (UCT)

“The Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme provides an excellent overview of the various desks in Markets and allows for graduates to gain exposure to as many different ones as possible. This feature of the programme is certainly welcome as it ensures that graduates can find a desk that they find both bolstering and stimulating”.


Cameron Luke

BBSc in Finance (UKZN)

“The best part about the grad program is that everyone in Global Markets wants to see you learn and grow. Everyone is interested in your development, and your colleagues actively want to get your thoughts and ideas on issues”.


Karabo Tlagadi

Bcom Hons in Finance (WITS)

"The development and support you receive are unmatched as your team and the trading floor is dedicated to seeing you succeed and become a competent professional."


Ntokozo Sikhosana

Mcom Risk Management in Financial Markets (UCT)

“As a graduate; I’m encouraged to be involved in the everyday decisions that directly impact the portfolio’s risk – “the belly of the beast!” You learn quickly how to apply the theoretical work from university; and even on a busy day, your colleagues are still keen to teach and transfer their wisdom”.


Bathandwa Tancu

Bcom Hons Financial Markets (Fort Hare)

“The GenA Global Markets Programme has offered me an invaluable experience thus far. Through the support of my colleagues, I have gained the necessary tools to thrive in this role.”


Lethabo Mokoena

BSc Hons Big Data Analytics (WITS)

“There are a lot of things to appreciate about the grad program, but what stands out for me is the rapid learning and development you go through. It is an always-learning environment where you will very quickly feel well equipped.”

About the progam

  • This Graduate programme is a structured, 18-month fixed-term programme in the Global Markets division.
  • Graduates will be rotated across some of the Global Markets teams in our Front Office and Middle Office divisions which include;
    • Fixed Income
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Equities
    • Credit
    • Commodities
    • Prime Services
    • Index Solutions & Passive investments
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Data Science
    • Equity Research
    • Fixed Income Research
  • Graduates will gain exposure to, and work with key infrastructure partners in Market risk, Credit Risk, Operations and Product Control.
  • You will learn about the different functions in Global Markets and how they operate and collaborate with the team to drive a successful business. These functions include; Trading, risk management, systems knowledge, sales function, client interactions, model development, deal pricing, product development, regulatory changes.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • We are looking for dynamic, ambitious, analytical, problem solvers who are passionate about financial markets, driving change and are eager to make an impact.
  • Graduates with a minimum Honours degree in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, Statistics, Econometrics, Finance or Commerce, Economics and Business Science are eligible to apply.
  • We need well-rounded individuals who work well within a team and are ready for an exponential learning experience to be #BravePassionateReady with us.
  • The Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme is open to South African citizens with 65%-70% aggregates.
  • Do you have a keen interest in data and views and insights on the future of banking and financial services in addition to the above criteria? You should apply now!

How to apply

  • Do you meet the eligibility criteria above?
  • Click on the Apply Now button.
  • You will be redirected to Leaply, our specialised application management platform for the Gen A Graduate Programme.
  • Please upload your details, share your personal and academic profile, motivate your interest in the graduate programme and tell us what makes you stand out in the crowd.
  • Should you be successful in the first round, you will progress to the next rounds which includes psychometric tests, a culture-fit interview and later, a comprehensive virtual assessment centre.
  • Do you have any queries or questions? Contact us on

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