A day in the life of a corporate banker

Published: June 9, 2010

The corporate life is not always what its pegged out to be.

The day begins at 8:30am as she drives to work. The road seems choked. As usual another traffic jam on II Chundrigar road. All of a sudden she hears a thud. She realizes someone just banged into her brand new Civic given to her by her bank. She votes if she should get off to inspect but realizes she’s already late for a client meeting. Like most corporate bankers her life revolves around 90-hour work weeks crafting deals that she will present to prospective clients.

Her first meeting starts with a possible client where she has to present the pros of her bank even though she knows her bank might be giving lousy service. Her next meeting is a lunch scheduled by her boss at Sakura, PC where over a few drinks her boss discusses golf while she herself presents the competitive rates the bank can offer the company.

In between she receives a call from her friends in the fashion industry inviting her to a launch of a new fashion brand, but she turns down their invitation knowing that she would either be in office or too lethargic to go out at night.

The red light on her blackberry blinks because of low battery as she gets transaction requests all day from existing clients while she argues for better service with the bank’s internal trade departments.

On her way back to office she and her colleagues discuss the implications of political and macroeconomic trends, and she personally thinks of taking a take at trying to unearth some new business from the client. If she can do that, it would impress her boss and pave the way to a job description with fewer spreadsheets and more five-star dinners—not to mention a six-figure raise.

On the way home at 9pm after getting stuck in yet another traffic jam for an hour at Chundrigar Road she stops to work out in a gym before she slumps in front of the television at home to watch stock market news before hitting the sack at 12am.

Nojeba Haider is a corporate banker who tweets here .


Nojeba Haider

A corporate banker based in Karachi. Nojeba tweets @nojeba.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • afia jamal

    aww i pitty you the corporate banker but look at the bright side of it . you aint gettin much time to get bored . good luck for coming years:) and it was an interesting piece . Recommend

  • Umer

    What a terrible and over-indulgent peice of childish writing. Pray tell us what you wanted to achieve by publishing this?Recommend

  • Hamza A. Khan

    How can you do 90 hours a week if you go home at 9 in the night(according to the article). Even if you’re working Weekends(Banks ae closed on Satudays and Sundays), it would still be 6*12=72 hours.
    You’re just exaggerating, plain as day. Even the Auditors don’t do 90 hour weeks at the financial year end.

    I know why Women are employed at Banks(whatever the hell does CORPORATE BANK mean?) and it’s about time you opened your eyes as well.Recommend

  • Majid

    U have a company civic, a blackberry and u often get lunches in five star. I belive u also have a good salary package. What else do you need particularly in Pakistan where a graduate electrical engineer from one of the top university of Pakistan gets a 12K salary on probation and 15k after completion and where you have to travel by local transport or ur own vehicle (motorbyke in this case) to carry out company’s work?Recommend

  • http://uwindsor.ca UMER BIN BASHIR ARAIN

    This is the finniest and the most childish thing I have read in a long time…Recommend

  • KK

    terrible piece of writing. Just Awe-full. Your.life is not as exciting or wall streetish as you would lay claim to.Recommend