Career Spotlight: Investment Banking

For the first Career Spotlight of the new year, pupils from across the School heard from two Wycombe Abbey Seniors, Alice Bush (C272, Campbell, 2010) and Fiyin Durojaiye (C314, Campbell, 2018) about their careers in the finance sector. The Career Spotlight was also open to pupils from Wycombe High School and RGS High Wycombe.

Our series of Career Spotlight events happen periodically throughout the School year and invite inspiring speakers to share real-life accounts of their experiences: the highs, the lows, and some tips for success. The talks give pupils the opportunity to ask questions in an informal environment which they may use to cement the choices they have made, or perhaps steer them towards a profession or degree subject they had not considered.

Matilda, Laila and Liza (UVI), tell us their thoughts on the talk: ‘We were delighted to hear from Alice Bush and Fiyin Durojaiye for the first Career Spotlight of the academic year. As members of the Sixth Form, we were lucky to be able to ask some burning questions at a buffet dinner before the talks. We were then joined by over 100 pupils, including a few from local schools, all with the collective aim of discovering more about career opportunities in the financial sector. Fiyin talked to us first about her experience after leaving Wycombe Abbey and applying to study economics at the University of Warwick. She provided useful advice on the application process, including the ups and downs, as well as valuable information on her year abroad in Paris. Working at JP Morgan enabled her to discover her specific interests within the financial sector as she transitioned from equity research to luxury goods. She highlighted the importance of engaging with new people and being open to new opportunities. Our second speaker, Alice, has worked in the financial sector for over ten years, therefore she had an abundance of knowledge to pass on to us about her experience in the industry. Her advice ranged from creating a stand-out CV to applying for competitive internships. During the Q&A sessions, everyone jumped at the chance to ask both Fiyin and Alice further questions. Due to the fact that the financial sector is such a male-dominated field, listening to these inspirational women empowered all those who attended to discover more about the different career opportunities in investment banking.’

The next opportunity pupils will have to learn more about life beyond Wycombe Abbey will be at the Careers Seminar in November where we will hear from 28 speakers from many different professions.

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