What is your perception of working for a bank/financial services firm and
does the culture appeal to you?
My perception of working for a bank or financial services firm is that the
work is high-quality and exciting, and the atmosphere is fast-paced and
intense. Working at a bank, I would expect long and unpredictable hours.
These aspects of the working culture appeal to me, as I am excited by
the prospect of working in an engaging and high-pressure environment.
However, certain banks often have a reputation for not having the most
approachable or ‘friendly’ working culture. Inevitably, this varies across
banks and one would have to spend some time there in order to see if this
is true for a particular bank.
How much do you know about financial technology firms? Does the idea of
working for a start-up technology company appeal to you?
Working at a technology company in general is not a particular interest
of mine, but that is perhaps because I do not have the requisite experience working there. I do not know much about financial technology
firms. Working for a start-up technology company appeals to me slightly
more, as these types of companies have the potential to grow and succeed,
which I would be very interested in experiencing first-hand. However,
working for either one of these types of companies would definitely appeal to me if I were working in the legal department, as I find myself more
drawn towards legal aspects of a company’s operations.
Does a job with a company like Apple, Google or Facebook appeal to you?
I would definitely consider a career at any one of these companies. Their
reputation and reach is worldwide, and engaging in cross-border work has
always been something I have been interested in pursuing. I am also more
familiar with the type of work these companies do, as they are so well known,
and I engage with them on a regular basis. Being involved in work at a company, that so heavily influences my everyday life, would be interesting.
Name: Xenia Kalognomas
University: Durham University
Course: : Law LLB
5 things you would be looking for from a prospective employer:
Approachable working culture
Interesting/ high-quality work
Client-focused/ advisory work
Diverse team of employees
I am excited by the
prospect of working
in an engaging