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E2W Sponsored Student Freya recently attended an Insight Day and shares her experience.

E2W Sponsored Student Freya recently attended an Insight Day and shares her experience.

Rhian Bowler / 10 Nov 2017

E2W and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) have launched a programme to encourage more girls to consider the financial services’ sector as a career path.  The E2W career coach, Rhian Bowler shares more details of the programme and insight from one of this year’s participants.  

The E2W Sponsorship programme includes:

  • Mentoring and sponsorship for participants from within the financial services’ community;
  • A qualification that covers ethics, integrity, key financial products (shares, bonds, markets) and other areas of financial services.
  • Access to CISI career insight days, an E2W career coach and invitations to specific E2W events.

In 2017, we have nine students from sixth forms across Kent participating.  Student Freya recently attended an Insight Day and shares her experience. 

“It was a really useful and interesting day.  I was a little nervous as I hadn’t attended anything like that before, but it was good practice!   I learnt a lot about financial services and found the interviews with asset management companies really interesting.  They revealed that asset management requires a diverse range of skills so it’s worth adding seemingly irrelevant skills or hobbies to your CV like amateur dramatics as it shows another side of you.  

I’ve learnt the importance of networking, researching companies and jobs, and being well prepared.  Having insightful questions and a great elevator pitch ready are key differentiators. 

The financial services’ sector seems less intimidating now and more inclusive – I understand more about how I might fit in and know that I don’t need super amazing exam results or even a degree to enter this industry.  I do know what I need to do to tackle interviews and networking which will stand me in good stead in the future.” 

If you or someone you know would like to take part in the 2018 programme or become a sponsor then please contact Rhian Bowler

Rhian Bowler is the E2W career coach is an experienced City HR professional, and coaches individuals making early career choices, mid-career progression and positioning and career returners.  

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