“I studied European Studies, Spanish and French at Trinity College, Dublin. My course had an extremely broad remit, taking in philosophy, politics and economics as well as other subjects. It was a perfect fit for me given that I wasn’t yet sure what I wanted to do after leaving university.
“I did a number of work placements in law and politics and then my parents, who both had a stock-broking background, encouraged me to think about finance. I applied for the internship scheme at Morgan Stanley and haven’t looked back.
“I’ve worked in Sales & Trading for just over a year now and I’ve just come back from a client meeting in Singapore, where having a languages background was a real benefit. For one thing, it’s given me the confidence to speak to people from different nationalities and backgrounds, which is a key requirement of my job.
“Being able to communicate well is so important, which is where my experience of essay writing comes in. I send out a daily email to my clients, summarising what’s going on in the markets. It means drawing on your creative skills to make sure you put the information across in a way that’s punchy and grabs their attention.
“Overall, I’d say making the leap from university to investment banking has been a learning curve, but the company has been fantastic in providing training on the markets as well as the technical side of things, for example building a model of a company.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to downplay your abilities just because you don’t come from an economics or maths background. Languages students have plenty of transferable skills, so it’s just a question of playing to your strengths during the application process.”
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