A day was spent with 20 young women introducing them to the industry and the markets. As well as gleaning their perceptions of wealth management we discussed the financial services industry in a focus group. We finished with a CV and interview workshop and some excellent feedback.
This year we have widened the invitation to daughters of our clients and friends and will be hosting a Young Women in Work Day on 22nd August at our offices which is currently open to candidates.
The day will include highlights from our Work Experience Programme such as the CV and Interview Skills Workshop with a stronger focus on networking skills both online and offline. As well as talks through careers paths, the different options available, an overview on the highly relevant topic of Cyber Security, and also looking at the basics of company analysis and why to invest.
This follows hot on the heels of our new work experience programme which this year attached over 30 students attending over the 2 week period. The program included presentations from a variety of staff about different aspects of the business as well as shadowing sessions with Investment Managers, Research and Marketing. The opportunity allowed students to gain a hands-on experience and they were encouraged to ask questions and get involved in the different roles. Our aim was to give students at different stages an introduction to what a career in wealth management may be like.
The feedback was extremely positive on all of the activities we planned including the CV and Interview Skills Workshop where we offered feedback on ways to develop skills, an insight into different recruitment processes and networking tips. This followed with a communications session and a stock pitch activity which allowed students to put themselves in the positions of our Research department and an Investment Manager’s shoes. We rounded off the week with a Dragon’s Den activity which gave the attendees an opportunity to work as a team and showcase what they had learned.
It was great to see some of the young women who had attended our inaugural Bring Your Daughter to Work Day last year join us for a week long experience this time. What was insightful for us was to see how much the students appreciated having exposure to the different roles and careers routes available at JM Finn, and also the variation in gender within the same positions.
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by the 10th August.
See below for two emails from attendees of this year’s work experience program:
“I wanted to say a very big thank you for what has been a fantastic and eye opening week at JM Finn. It far exceeded what I was hoping for and really gave a fantastic insight into the industry and the firm itself - thank you.”
“Thank you also for helping look through my CV, that is invaluable to me at this stage and I feel I’ve come away with a good base to build from. It has been the most enjoyable week and I feel we were incredibly lucky to get such close attention from various people at Finn. Right through from the IM’s to IT, the culture certainly stood out and seems to be such a strength to the company. The industry also seems to be in an interesting place and I will certainly be giving it some serious thought over the next two years as I finish my degree.”