I looked into quite a few potential graduate roles during my final year at university. What really appealed to me about the LSEG programme was that I would be getting experience across a number of different during the first 18 months before having to think about a specific role. It was a chance to see the whole financial ecosystem rather than just one part of it.
My first rotation was with LCH, a major international clearing house and a key part of the Group’s Post Trade business. My role was with the Client Services team, and it involved helping to manage the relationships with the customers who use LSEG’s clearing services day-to-day.
It was quite a challenging role for a new graduate. It required being in contact with extremely knowledgeable clients in the clearing space, helping them to access information or to resolve issues. It also meant getting to grips with subjects such as financial regulation and risk, which are highly technical. Fortunately, there was a huge amount of infrastructure in place to support me as I found my feet. I had regular learning sessions with different teams that make up the business, and there were always people on hand to offer advice and support.
I’m now working with the ETFs team, which sits within the Capital Markets division. It’s a really exciting area to be part of right now because the ETF sector is a rapidly developing industry. Within this role I am supporting business development initiatives and relationship management with our issuers and market makers. There is also a large analytical aspect to my work: the nature of ETFs make them very responsive to market events, and we are part of a very competitive industry.
One thing that’s really surprised me since joining is the major role that women play within LSEG. I’ve been invited to a number of networking events through the Women Inspire Network, including breakfast sessions with senior female executives from across the Group. Finance is often talked of as a male-driven industry, but as a female graduate, it feels like I’m being encouraged to build a successful career – there are so many positive examples here for me to aspire to.