My father worked in the financial services profession for almost 30 years. Because of this, I’ve spent my life surrounded by economics and finance, and I’ve seen first hand how they affect people. My father passed his interest on to me, and I eventually decided to follow in his footsteps.
Economics, Geography and Mathematics were my chosen subjects at A-Level. I was fascinated by these intertwined fields. All three of them affect my chosen profession and stimulate change in each other and across the world. My interest in these intricate and (for me) fascinating subjects helped to shape the direction of my studies.
Many people my age want to study at university, but as tempting as three or four years of drinking and living with friends may be, I saw myself going down a different path.
Following the crowd wasn’t for me. I wanted to be different, and I knew what I wanted to do.
I hope my career will be long and fruitful. Capital has given me the chance to start it early – at 18.
I joined the Capital team in early September 2019. Being completely new to working life, I was nervous, to say the least. After a few days surrounded by the very friendly Capital team, I knew I had made the right decision.
It was always a dream of mine to work in the City. I knew London well, having been brought up nearby, and the bustle and dynamism always appealed to me. So, to have realised my dream at 18 feels surreal.
I’m a people person, and I love to forge new relationships. Seeing someone happy, and feeling I played a part in that happiness, gives me a real sense of pride and achievement. That’s why financial planning has always appealed to me and why I couldn’t be more excited about being with Capital.
My end goal is to become a Chartered Financial Planner, and then a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. Being surrounded by great role models at work and at home is a huge advantage: added to this, I think passion and hard work will get me there. I don’t want to come to the end of my career and think, “Thank goodness for that.” I want to think, “Wow! I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved.”
In my spare time, I enjoy being with friends and family, whether I’m playing or watching football (I’m an Arsenal fan) or going out for the day (or night) with friends. Often, I just like to spend quality time with my family, maybe enjoying a barbecue together in the garden. I feel genuinely relaxed in these moments.
I love to read, fiction or non-fiction, with the Jack Reacher series being a personal favourite. Like many other 18-year-olds, I like to play Xbox and watch Netflix.
My first few weeks have been a blast. It’s been a steep learning curve, but I know I’m making good progress. I want the people I care about to be very proud of me. That includes my parents and, yes, the team here at Capital too.
I look forward to a long and successful career at Capital and to seeing what the future holds.