Why ‘them’ and ‘us’ should not exist in business
Whether it’s networking, mentoring or even interviewing graduates, I often get asked by students how I got to where I am. My usual reply begins with how I got my first internship, which I’ll come to in just a moment. But then thinking about this post, it really got me questioning my answer and I realised that I had missed a fundamentally important point. My career hadn’t started with my first internship; it had actually started with pure curiosity. In my case, it was curiosity to find out what exactly happened in The City and if that might be an industry that could potentially interest me in the future. Of course, this wasn’t going to miraculously happen on its own, so when I saw a poster of The Brokerage Citylink advertising their City of London Business Traineeship(CBT), I was on the phone before they’d even made it to my school!
Fast forward a few months, I had sent them through my CV and shortly after going through the selection and interview process I had secured an internship at Mapfre Assistance, an arm of a global Spanish insurance company. Things moved pretty quickly, what I was initially hired to do went out the window and before I knew it I was fully integrated into the team, working alongside some exceptionally talented individuals on high level projects. I left that summer with my aspirations at a whole new unimaginable level and a whole new set of doors wide open. The cherry on the cake of what was a truly phenomenal experience, was that out of about a hundred participants I had been awarded the City