The black future programme provided by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) hs been such a rewarding experience through useful insights and templates provided by current FCA employees. Particularly, the growing representation of black professionals within the organisation was very inspiring for myself. On a day to day basis we were informed of the company's operations, mission and goals. The next day was made of the assessment centre (written exercise, interview, and presentation), which was extremely challenging. Lastly, the final day was orientated around reflections, areas for improvement and rewarding insights/advice from the panel members.
Communication, Networking and resilience would be the 3 major skills I have taken away from the programme. working on your own personal development and setting our professional goals was another two areas which has been a key insight for myself, and factors which i intend to develop in order to make myself a more valuable and versatile professional.
Inspirational, would be the operative word i would use to describe what it was like understanding what the FCA does and the potential roles available. As an undergraduate, it's easy to become complacent and narrow minded with regards to the professional path we choose. This experience has shown me that roles and opportunities are everchanging, and the most important objective is to stay true to yourself and your personal goals.
Progressive, inviting and challenging.
I thoroughly enjoyed the exposure the virtual experience has given me in terms of networking with leading professionals from similar backgrounds to myself. Additionally, the business orientated insights and personal experiences that the FCA panel shared with us, has been incredibly useful. I intend to put my key takeaways in practice and apply them to my own journey s a professional.
Ensure you research what the FCA does, if their missions and goals fit in with your own personal development and allow yourself to be open with new people. Notably, build relationships with FCA employees you can learn from, or have inspired you during your own experience with the company. For myself, i find insights from Christian Durugo, Mariam Olatidoye and Joshua Sarpong very inspiring.
17th February 2021