Searching The U.S collegiate Talent Pool: One Scotswoman’s Journey To A Role In Finance

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As my time attending the University of Richmond, Virginia, came to an end I was eager to establish the next chapter in my vocational journey. Having competed in field hockey both collegiately and internationally for Scotland I wanted to find something that would utilise my competitiveness and discipline effectively.

However, as a result of my sport and going to university in the U.S, my application process was somewhat unconventional. For instance, I was unable to commit to lengthy internships due to scheduling clashes between when they were offered and when the term time began. Many of my peers had seen their internships evolve into full-time employment so I understood the significance of this particular route.

What’s more, being based out in Virginia made attending interviews, super days (assessment days), and overall networking opportunities increasingly difficult. A number of job openings required me to travel to their offices for assessment days or interviews and my location or sporting commitments often prevented me from being able to.

Integral member of the University of Richmond, Virginia Hockey Team

Although I was determined to get a job back in the U.K after graduation, I was slightly unsure of its likelihood. I then came across Add-Victor and spoke to them about assisting my transition from America into a U.K financial role and was introduced to the unique services they offer.

Steve was quick to line up interviews, was demonstratively helpful in preparing me for the different stages of the application through mock-sessions and meetings, and was particularly diligent following up with me after interviews. Almost immediately upon my return to the U.K I found myself with multiple job prospects, which was very reassuring that this was after all the right direction for me.

Hannah Thomson in action

I think what Add-Victor really helped with was highlighting how sport has shaped my character and how the skills I have acquired through sport can effectively be transferred to the financial industry. This was key to my success during the interview stages as I could call upon my experiences in sport to demonstrate my ability to lead, resolve conflicts, overcome adversity, and thrive under pressure.

I was thrilled to then receive a position at Santander Global Corporate Banking in their Debt Capital Markets team, a large part due to Add-Victor’s ability to bridge the gap between my tenure in the U.S and the U.K financial sector. Despite no longer playing field hockey, I am looking forward to running a half marathon in March of 2019 with a university friend and spending more time swimming!

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