Degree: BA, Economics
University: Newnham College, Cambridge
Grad Year: 2013
Why did you choose to apply and ultimately join Canaccord Genuity Limited?
After attending a number of networking events at university, I realized that joining a bulge bracket institution was not for me. Canaccord Genuity appealed to me as there is the opportunity to take on a greater level of responsibility and undertake a broader range of tasks than elsewhere. This means that the work is diverse, interesting and challenging, so I always feel like I am learning something new and probably have a broader set of skills than my peers in IBD.
What do you think made you stand out as a recruit for CGL?
Despite feeling at a disadvantage for having no prior work experience in the sector, I think showing a willingness to learn.
Following the 8 weeks training, tell us about your first day in the role
After a quick introduction to the team I would be sitting with, it was straight into being staffed on two projects; the training definitely prepares you to hit the ground running.
Is there such a thing as a typical day and can you describe this?
I would say there’s no such thing – quite often your day can pan out completely differently to how you expected, which keeps the job interesting.
What’s been your steepest learning curve?
The attention to detail required; it was far greater than I had experienced before.
What piece of advice would your current self; give your former self on your first day?
Not to worry that you don’t know how to do everything – it’s surprising how quickly you pick it up!