I’m an Independent Risk Support Executive in the EMEA division of Global Corporate Risk, based in Henley-on-Thames. My role is to support both Operational and Investment Risk teams, meaning my work can be quite broad: it ranges from supporting the business’ internal incident management process, to providing analytics, maintaining our databases, and being gatekeeper for key departmental inboxes.
Working in Risk, I can’t imagine a better place to begin within Asset Management. On a daily basis, I’m exposed to a diverse cross-section of the business; I could be investigating a front-office related incident in the morning, and by the afternoon producing a report to distribute to the heads of our global distribution function. As such, I’m being able to develop a holistic understanding of Invesco, our industry, and how we are able to deliver a superior investment experience to our clients.
Everyone’s challenges will be different. For me personally, it’s been adapting to corporate culture. I’ve held a number of jobs since I was thirteen and I consistently worked while in education, so no stranger to work. All of this, however, has been working for small, family-owned businesses. Furthermore, much of this was spent in labour-oriented roles, retail, or nightclubs – a pretty far stretch from Invesco!
At first, I struggled with being sat at a desk all day; now, I try to walk at lunch when I can and make sure I take breaks. Organising myself by Outlook was a completely new experience, which I am now far more comfortable with. In my experience, also, everyone does seem to be surprised with how intense a nine-to-five, full-time job actually is – fortunately, with a company like Invesco, there’s always the support needed to help you acclimatise. Six months in now, everything feels like it is fitting into place.
I studied for my bachelor’s degree at the University of Southampton, where I read Politics & International Relations (BSc). I knew that my degree could be applicable to Asset Management (though, being honest, I had no idea what it really was at the time) and so I applied, as many graduates do, to a range of industries and roles. Invesco e-mailed me the day after I applied, inviting me to an assessment centre the following day. I was offered the job – now I’m here!
I’m indebted to Investment20/20 for really propelling me into the industry: I’ve got a rewarding job; a clear progression path; I’m constantly learning and paid to get qualified; I’ve attended exclusive talks with top-tier speakers; and have a great community with the other trainees. This last point has always been really important in deciding where I want to work, so I’m delighted that I’ve got this opportunity to build my career on such solid foundations.
I’m still learning and having new experiences! A lot could change between now and when my contract with Invesco ends – I’m in no rush and excited for the future may bring.
Investment20/20 is a steep learning-curve. For me, challenge is synonymous with reward; on the scheme you get a healthy amount of both.