I work in ESG (environmental, social and governance) Investment which is a really interesting department and has allowed me to learn about a part of the investment industry which I didn’t originally knew existed before joining ASI (Aberdeen Standard Investments). I have enjoyed becoming aware of many topical issues in today’s society and how this impacts investments. I love that the role is so varied meaning no two days are the same, this has also allowed me to develop a wide variety of skills.
The most challenging aspect of my job is learning how to balance everything. There is a lot going on within my role and different deadlines to adhere to. On top of this I am also studying for two qualifications, so finding the time to balance my work responsibilities whilst making sure I am dedicating enough time to revise and complete all my practical based learning work can sometimes be hard. However, I have found that once you get into the habit of prioritising the tasks, being disciplined with yourself and ensuring you use your time efficiently it is definitely manageable.
I left school at 17 not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I knew university wasn’t for me but wasn’t really aware of the other options, so I worked for a year and also spent a year travelling including two months volunteering in Uganda teaching practical skills in schools. After this, I knew that I wanted to do something with my life where I can make a difference, but had never considered a career in finance! I applied for the programme not thinking I would get anywhere and now I am working in a role I love whilst still having the opportunity to learn which is brilliant.
My future aspirations would be to secure a permanent role at Standard Life Aberdeen, so I can continue to do a job I enjoy whilst working for a well-respected company. This will allow me to continue my professional development and gain more experience within the financial sector. I would also like to complete some further qualifications as I have loved the opportunity to develop knowledge on the financial market, particularly economics, so to develop my knowledge on these to help me with my future career would be something I would be keen to do.
I would sum up the Investment20/20 experience as sometimes challenging but very rewarding. It has also encouraged me to take risks because a year ago I would never have pictured myself working for an asset management company and today I am so grateful I took that risk!