Full job title
Senior Associate in Consumer Strategy & Policy at the FCA
In my role I consult on policy changes, so the projects that I work on can arise in any area of financial services. My degree gave me a broad understanding of finance and, as such, I’m in a better position to be able to adapt to whatever project comes my way. I’m constantly writing documents, both internal governance papers and external policy papers, and these are invaluable skills that I learned through my degree.
If possible, could you explain what you do in one sentence?
I consult on policy changes to help consumers have a better experience with financial services.
How has your degree benefited you in your current role?
The projects that come up that I work on can arise in any area of financial services, and can encompass different areas.
For example, my previous project looked at how vulnerable consumers interact with financial services, which naturally has a large focus on consumer credit and retail banking, whereas my current project is focused on insurance specifically. My degree gave me a broad understanding of finance and as such I’m in a better position to be able to adapt to whatever project comes my way!
Is there any specific part of your degree that you use in your day-to-day job?
The thing I actually use every day is the writing skills I learnt. I’m constantly writing documents, both internal governance papers and external policy papers, and those are skills I learned through my degree by being adaptable to being assessed in different ways.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Don’t panic if you don’t know exactly what you want to do. I started on a graduate scheme thinking I wanted to end in financial crime and enforcement, but it wasn’t until I did a rotation in consumer policy that I realised how interesting I found it and since then I’ve progressed quickly in this area. Just think about what you want to do first, and let the rest flow from there.