Strategy, Projects and Change within Financial Services
The most valuable piece of advice I can give to someone working in Projects & Change is to have a long term view on the market and consider the impact each role will have on your career. Focus on not just building your career, but relationships with a network of recruiters and firms. The industry is surprisingly small at times, so building trust and long term relationships with a recruiter might prove to be incredibly valuable when it comes to finding the right opportunities further down the line. Meetings are a great way to understand your recruiter, build relationships and of course give yourself and us the best chance of finding you the right role. Hiring managers are very hot on longevity in positions on a candidate's CV. Avoid jumping ship too soon, stay within your role for at least 12-18 months as a contractor before considering a move. If you have had a few short term contracts on your CV, be selective and think about the bigger picture. A short term contract with a higher rate might sound incredibly appealing in the heat of the moment, but a longer term position at a lower rate might just make the difference between you and another candidate later down the line.
My background spans from Financial Services, IT, Events and Hospitality.
I spent just over a year working in Operations at a leading Custodian working within their Derivatives Servicing Group - I also had the opportunity to work with teams across the globe. I gained exposure to Trading Desks, Audit, Compliance, HR and Projects teams.
I joined the Projects & Change team at Morgan McKinley in 2015, I've since focused on developing a sound understanding of the market and have used this platform to develop strong relationships with both Clients and Candidates within Financial Services.