Degrees: Business Finance, First, Durham University; MSc in Statistics, London School of Economics
Year of graduation: 2004 and 2006
Occupation: Analyst within multi-assets at Schroders
What do you do in your job?
I research asset classes. I have to assume how well asset classes will perform in the future, and analyse which funds or areas we should be investing in that will maximise the risk and return the objectives of our investors. My main goal is to meet the investors’ risk returns characteristics. In multi-assets, we have the flexibility to invest across both asset classes and across regions. This diversification allows us to reduce our risk exposure while still achieving high returns.
What was your motivation in applying?
During my master’s course, I went to open days and recruitment events. Schroders stood out because of the people I met. They were open-minded, straight-talking and friendly. I immediately understood the organisation’s culture, and was drawn to the fact that it was driven towards success and developing individuals.
What did the application process involve?
First, there was an online application form. The second round comprised interviews, where I met senior people. The third round was an assessment day, with interviews, case studies and tasks, including a simulated investment case. This day provided a good opportunity to meet people within the organisation including the previous year’s graduates.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love the fact that it’s dynamic. You are driven by things that happen in international markets. You must be prepared to tackle news events and respond to market changes. And there’s a satisfying buzz in creating and managing portfolios tailored to meet an investor’s long-term investment objective.
Most challenging part of your job?
Constantly having to be aware of the market and knowing exactly what’s happening. In multi-assets it’s not just about knowing everything about equity or fixed income, you need to know it all – global equity markets, global fixed income, hedge funds, property, private equity, and so on. As things happen every second you can never have a day where you’re not 100 per cent. You have to digest information quickly and make good calls and judgements.
We have to do the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) qualification, which takes three years to complete. Schroders provides support and training, as it’s a big part of our role.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Do a lot of research, to see which area matches your personality. There are so many career paths. Each firm is different, so focus on a firm that will encourage you to develop and succeed. And be confident in your abilities. In this industry, confident people shine and get noticed. So, without being arrogant, make sure that people notice your qualities.