What is your perception of working for a bank/financial services firm and
does the culture appeal to you?
I had worked in corporate finance investment banking for one and a half
years before coming to LSE. The banking experiences definitely offered
me a steep learning curve, both soft and hard skills. The job has definitely
pushed my limits and made me realise how much I could achieve. I would
not go to a slow-paced corporate environment after having worked in
such an intellectually and physically demanding environment.
Nevertheless, the culture is not very appealing to me. Lack of project
ownership and strict hierarchy are the main put-offs. There is room for
improvement when it comes to making a junior’s life easier.
How much do you know about financial technology firms? Does the idea of
working for a start-up technology company appeal to you?
The true identity of blockchain inventors is still a mystery though some
reports refer to the alias of Satoshi Nakamoto. Roboadvisers started
around 2008 financial crisis, which are online portfolio platforms particularly attractive to young people.
Working for a start-up tech company definitely has appeal. It allows you
to see or take part in the full spectrum of the business. Innovation and
can-do spirit are truly motivating factors. However, if I am not the owner
of the business, I would not be interested in working for a fairly small firm
where everything is up in the air. An ideal employer should have two-three rounds of investment.
Does a job with a company like Apple, Google or Facebook appeal to you?
It depends very much on the role. I will not choose an employer just for a
cool name. For the business analyst role, tech firms can offer as challenging tasks as consultancies whilst allowing for more job ownership and
initiation, which are very important for me. Whereas the traditional consulting firms might have a more structured training. On the other hand,
for a sales role, it probably won’t be so different from that of a non-tech
company. Hence the halo effect does not work.
Name: Jessie (Zixuan) Liu
University: London School of
Course: Masters in Management
Innovation and can-
do spirit are truly
5 things you would be looking for from a prospective employer:
Employee ownership of the job
Relatively flat structure
Sense of belonging