This September I will begin working on the Global RFP Team at Barings on their graduate analyst programme. I also intend to study a master’s in finance part time.
I have been an Amos Bursary Scholar since 2015 and have benefited from a programme of activities around personal development, mentoring and professional work experience. Due to the numerous opportunities present within the Bursary I have been able to intern every summer since 2017, one of those opportunities entailed work experience in New York for a month.
In 2018 the Amos Bursary formed a new partnership with Barings LLC and through it, an opportunity to intern at Barings arose. This opportunity impacted my life the most and is what led to me seizing my moment. I was interning as a High Yield Analyst in one of the top teams in Leveraged Finance in the country. Given my non-finance background and being one of three ambassadors of the Amos Bursary, I was determined to impress my team and give a good representation of the calibre of Amos Bursary Scholars during my 8-week internship. I began the internship with the mindset of being a sponge, absorbing as much information as I could about investment management and the firm because I wanted to determine whether working within financial services would be something I would like do for a career. Networking is a skill that every Amos Bursary Scholar is taught and encouraged to do, and that is what I did. I would arrange to have a chat or go for a coffee with many different employees of the firm, learning about their role and career journey, I would also ask them for advice and speak to them about the Bursary. 2019 marked the Amos Bursary’s 10-year anniversary and my fellow scholars set the goal of raising one million pounds to help support the Bursary. My contribution towards that target was to cycle within the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 46. Following a conversation with the European CEO of Barings I was able to get my fundraising campaign broadcasted throughout the firm, consequently I was able to raise just under £1500.
Following the completion of the internship I was offered a role within their graduate analyst programme.
My advice to young people would be to put a 100% effort into everything you do, to always carry yourself in a good manner, to network and to really seize your moments and opportunities because it will benefit you in the future, in ways that you might not have imagined.