People’s different career choices are fascinating. We all say yes to very different career paths, and rumour has it you will average about five different careers (careers not jobs) in your working life – that’s quite a few life changing yeses to be made there.
So we thought it would be helpful to include some regular careers features on the blog, to tell you a bit more about different people’s roles, how they got into them, and what their ambitions are for the future to inspire you to embrace trying something new in the world of work or remind you that you are doing the right thing sticking with what you love.
Today our lovely friend Sam is here to talk about her career as a Regional Marketing Co-Ordinator in the finance industry, a role that even took her to Amsterdam for a six month assignment. Here she is with the lowdown on the ins and outs of her job.
Tell us a little bit more about your job:
I work in the Financial sector for Schroders, an asset management company.
How did you get into your chosen career path?
I studied Finance and Accounting at Brunel University in West London. I opted for a four year sandwich course which included two years of study, a year in industry in my third year, and then going back for the final year to finish off.
The university had a section dedicated to helping students find sandwich placements and so we started to look for jobs pretty early on, but for some reason I really struggled. I applied to companies such as HP, State Street Global Advisers and UBS Asset Management. It got to late July and a lot of my friends either already had placements or had started working, but I was still going to interviews.
I was about to give up in August and head back to university to finish my last year early when I got a call from UBS, (who I had already interviewed with for another position). Their UK Marketing team had an intern already but that intern had so much work they decided that they would get in a second person. I had been applying for accountancy internships to fit in with my degree, but my CV had been passed within a big pile to the UK marketing team when they decided they needed to add the second intern. I got called in for an interview and within a day or two they phoned me and offered me the job.
So, I instantly moved from pursuing an accountancy role, to using my finance and accounting degree to work within the finance industry instead. I worked as an intern for UBS in the UK marketing team from September 2006 to September 2007. I enjoyed the work so much that there wasn’t really a question of me pursuing a marketing career, rather than an accountancy career.
Why are you so passionate about your job?
Because I genuinely enjoy what I do. I have my off days and days when nothing seems to go right, but I have found a job that I enjoy doing, and people I enjoy working with.
I feel it’s important to enjoy what you do so that in the times when it’s not easy to separate your work life and your home life, you need to be able to get on with it and know that it will get better.
What is the best bit about your job?
The variety, in a single day I could attend a press meeting with a fund manager and a journalist, visit a venue for a conference we’re doing, write a bit of a text for a piece of literature that’s due and speak to compliance about some advertising we’re about to start. I love that my days are not monotonous.
And the worst?
When we have a big conference coming up the hours can be very long. In one of my previous roles in the European Marketing team we could start as early as 07.00 and finish at 01.00 or 02.00 in the morning. That would be for 3-4 days in a row.
What advice would you give to someone else looking to get into the industry?
Work experience is a great way to get to know the industry and the people you may eventually be working with. If it wasn’t for my year in industry during university I really wouldn’t be where I am now. I met a lot of great people in that year who are still very supportive to me six years on!
What one person has inspired you to follow your dreams?
My parents are really inspiring. They’ve both worked hard, and saved hard, all their lives. They’re now getting to the age where they have toned down their working hours and are beginning to let themselves enjoy the nest egg they’ve worked so hard to put together.
I feel like my parents provided a strong work-life balance when I was growing up, and I’m keen to succeed as I feel they have done.
If you could have any other job, what would it be?
A book editor, I love to read, it would be great to spend my days reading and getting paid for it!
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Sam Yes Directory Favourite yeses so far this year: Organising a series of workshops in the local offices I look after around Europe for work. By visiting the staff I speak to on the phone almost every day, and seeing where they work, I'm building stronger relationships and better understanding those around me, making us all more effective in what we do. Next on the yes list: I have a short trip to Paris planned in June to visit a friend who is having her first baby in May. I’m excited to meet her new bambino and help her out for a couple of days. Yes inspiration: my family!