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Launched for 2022! Kick-start your investment career

Interested in a career in investment and savings but not sure how to apply or what knowledge is needed?

Our free, virtual workshops across June – October 2022 will help you build your awareness of the investment industry, increase your financial literacy and make you feel application ready. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with your cohort and industry professionals.

What is The Skills Workshop?

The Skills Workshop is a detailed programme of virtual workshops designed by industry professionals to provide the insight, knowledge and direction needed to pursue a career in the investment industry. Its goal is to tackle underrepresentation across the industry and increase social mobility – by addressing the intersectionality between ethnicity and social mobility. The Skills Workshop is open to all age groups (from pre-university to postgraduates and mature students). Last year over 7,500 students and over 60 companies took part.

Who can sign up?

  • All age groups welcome (from pre-university to postgraduates and mature students)
  • Not looking for an internship or a role right now? Come along anyway and learn about what we do
  • All university disciplines and subjects welcome
  • All predicted grades welcome
  • There is no application form or assessment criteria

INSIGHT

Insight - into an exciting industry.

KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge - to make informed choices.

DIRECTION

Direction - to start your career.

Understanding the investment and savings industry

How the industry works and how to apply: sign up below!

Join us to gain the clarity you need to understand the industry and the variety of roles available. This context will be invaluable as you navigate interview and assessment centres.

Understand the differences between investment management and investment banking; asset classes; and the latest trends and challenges facing the industry.

Put your best self forward with tips and tricks to combat any doubts, as well as having good conversation topics for interviews.

09/06/2022 |  6-7pm

What is asset management and why is it important?

CFA UK

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What is the purpose of the asset management industry? Why is it important and how does it differ from Investment Banking? We’ll also explore the types of clients and their decision making process when setting investment strategy and making investment allocations. Learn about role functions and roles available. We’re also on hand to answer your live Q&A.

23/06/2022 |  6-7pm

Trends in Asset Management

CFA UK

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Learn about the current trends in the industry and the themes clients explore when considering their funding objectives. Gain further insight to help articulate your motivations for pursuing a career in asset management. Topics include ESG, FinTech, passive vs active management, and the need for greater diversity. We’ll finish with a live Q&A.

07/07/2022 |  6-7pm

Introduction to Asset Classes

CFA UK

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Here, we’ll provide an overview of the different types of asset classes, what is unique about each type, and how they might be used to deliver investment solutions. Incudes a live Q&A session.

20/07/2022 | 6-7.30pm

Markets in action

Amplify Trading

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Use the ReTrader app to experience some of the most recent major market events. Gain a practical understanding of what matters for markets now.

21/07/2022 | 6-7.30pm

FINANCE IN PRACTICE SIMULATION

Amplify Trading

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Feel the buzz of the trading floor and experience the same simulation used by the world’s largest asset managers, investment banks and hedge funds. This unique experience will allow you to gain role-specific skills and develop your edge in the application process.

03/08/2022 |  6-7pm

Skills based career planning

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This session will help show you the way to better articulate the skills required to find jobs. We will supply a cheat sheet that helps you to tackle the current disconnect between the skills you have and the way current recruitment systems evaluate them. With focus on how to make your CV and applications stand out for the right reasons. This workshop will also provide an opportunity to submit your CV for individual review and feedback from our team of financial recruiters.

04/08/2022 |  6-7pm

Prepping for the interview

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When you have applied for the job you would be really good at, you are much more likely to get an interview. This session will give you the confidence to excel at the interview stage. We will provide you with detailed preparation guidance, from navigating when to think about your next step, how to approach it and setting yourself up for success in the process.

21/07/2022 | 6-7.30pm

FINANCE IN PRACTICE SIMULATION

Amplify Trading

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Feel the buzz of the trading floor and experience the same simulation used by the world’s largest asset managers, investment banks and hedge funds. This unique experience will allow you to gain role-specific skills and develop your edge in the application process.

Virtual Career Fair

This is your opportunity to meet industry professionals, understanding more about each firm, how they recruit and how you can stand out from the competition. Gain the valuable insight you need to be successful during interviews and at assessment centres. One new firm every day, Monday to Thursday, in September and October!

Huge thanks to our participating firms and recruitment firms

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Industry stakeholders

Asset Owners: Institutional investors

Institutional investors

We are professional investors who invest money on behalf of other people. We pool their money together to invest in investment assets.

In our diagram, we focus on your most common investors, the pension schemes (defined benefit (DB), local government pension schemes (LGPS) and defined contribution (DC).

Other examples include: insurance companies Charities and endowment funds (e.g. your university’s endowments)

Note that the governance structure and the advice taken and required will differ across investors.

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Asset Owners: Retail and Wealth Investors

Retail and Wealth Investors

Retail investors: are private individuals. They trade on their own account, for their own profit (or loss) and not on behalf of financial institutions or other investment organisations. These investors are not deemed to be professional investors. Retail investors are often advised by an IFA (independent financial advisor). Asset managers do not deal directly with retail investors.

Instead, asset managers work with investment platforms who pool assets together from individuals to invest like an institution.

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Professional trustee firms

Professional trustee firms

There are different types of trustees: Individual trustees, Corporate trustees, Member-nominated trustees (MNTs), Employer-nominated trustees (ENTs), Professional trustees and Chair of trustees. We all act impartially and represent the best interest of the beneficiaries of the pension scheme in line with pension regulation and the scheme’s rules.

A Professional trustee, in particular is someone who normally acts in an independent capacity and has longstanding expertise in trustee matters generally. Professional trustee firms work alongside the pension scheme and the consultant to ensure that the execution and implementation is in line with the best interest of the scheme.

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Asset Managers

Asset Managers

Also known as investment managers and fund managers. (Although, a fund manager is the job title given to the professional managing the pool of assets). We manage the assets of our clients – institutional and retail investors. We do not manage for individuals directly.

Using the pension scheme example, we help to manage a client’s investment portfolio based on their investment objectives and appetite for risk. We work alongside investment consultants and professional trustee firms to ensure we continuously have the right products for our client’s demands.

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Consultants

Consultants

We provide a range of advisory services to asset owners, from funding decisions, to asset allocation, manager selection and reporting processes. We frequently train investors and trustees on approaches to investment and emerging investment trends.

We helps clients formulate and put into place investment strategies and construct and maintain portfolios to ensure that they’re meeting their long term funding goals.

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If you have further questions, please contact us on [email protected].

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“Hello, my name is Nellie. I took part in quite a few of the Diversity Project events (TSW 2021) and I want to say thank you so much. I think it really helped me with my applications and my success in getting a grad job offer!”