Opening up the investment management industry to young people

Over the February half term, 45 Career Ready students took part in a series of investment insight workshops organised in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and Investment 2020.

Aimed at introducing young people to the disciplines of financial investment, Careers in Investment Management Insight Weekgave students the opportunity to attend a series of workshops delivered by three leaders in capital management – Schroders, Henderson Global Investors and Aberdeen Asset Management.

Investment 2020 is a talent development enterprise that is striving to change the investment management industry by creating opportunities for young people. Jenny Barber, Director of Programmes at Career Ready, worked with them to design the workshops. She said: “This three day programme gave our students a unique insight into the investment management sector and allowed them to speak directly with employers to understand the types of roles they may be able to work in, and what routes they could take. We’re so grateful to Investment 2020 and the three firms for organising such an excellent opportunity and we look forward to working with them again in the future.” 

Over the course of the three days, students participated in presentation workshops, networking and communication activities, stock market challenges, Q&A sessions and were given a practical case study with Rebecca Doodson, Ethics & Integrity Manager at CISI.

Rochelle Gooding, a Career Ready student from Luton Sixth Form College, who attended the programme said: “The past three days have been very eye opening and informative and I will definitely consider the options for my future.”

Jenny Barber continued: “It was also fantastic to see our students demonstrating such professionalism and integrity throughout the course.”

Spaces on the programme were limited and due to huge levels of demand from students, JP Morgan also worked with Investment 2020 to deliver an additional one day intensive session for a further 20 Career Ready students. 

Andrea Tarasheva, a student from Coulsdon Sixth Form College, who attended the JP Morgan event, said: “I found it extremely useful talking to people on the graduate scheme and learning about their experiences and opportunities at JP Morgan. It was also very helpful to find out about the application process and how you can stand out from the crowd.”