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Q&A with Head of US Institutional Clients at Schroders - 7/14

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Thanks everyone for your great questions! Stay healthy and stay sane!

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Are there any industry groups you'd recommend a young woman in finance to join? Are you aware of any networking events that are happening virtually?

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Did you adapt your career path when you had kids? My manager is so rude to me when I have my kids in the background now. I love my job but don't know if this career path is sustainable

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Have you ever had to explain your transitions in and out of the finance industry in interviews? Did you ever feel penalized for taking time to try a different path?

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How did you balance daily pressures with planning future career moves and goals? My current role is so intense I don't have time to think about what I really want

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What are some creative ways you recommend if you want to build your professional brand and reputation?

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I have been in a product management role for fund products at a Private Bank for the last 6 years but I would like to be able to move into a product strategy/positioning role at an Asset Management fi… more

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How should one go about making a move from a distributor (Private Bank) role to an Asset Management role? How does the distribution function look like from these 2 vantage points?

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What financial services roles do you think will be eliminate within the next 10 years?

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Do you think banks will look kindly upon working in another industry like tech or consulting if I want to come back into finance in the future?

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What are challenges the finance industry is going through right now?

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My experience thus far (5 years) is on the private side of investing (private equity, private credit....) but I’d like to transition into a business development / relationship focused role versus mode… more

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My experience is that finding a mentor can be hard. Can you share a bit about the mentors in your career - what qualities did they have, how did you meet them, etc?

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Any advice for recent/upcoming grads wanting to break into the industry but not able to find opportunities due to COVID? Thanks!

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Have there been moments when you've wondered whether it's worth it to keep going or if Finance is for you in the long run? How did you push through?

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A woman in a man’s world; assimilate then infiltrate or fly the flag of change right out the gate?

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What is the future of ESG? Will it become table stakes for all firms moving forward?

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Good morning! I’m here most of the day to answer your questions so please keep them coming. I’m working from my den at home and grateful to look out at a beautiful day...🌞🌻

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What is a mistake people early in their careers often make?

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What separates good leaders from bad leaders?

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Can you describe the qualities of people you've promoted?

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Given a choice of spending time, money and effort on upskilling oneself at age 30, would you see more value in someone going for an MBA / CFA / accounting qual or learning how to code?

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How do you think a Covid-induced recession will impact hiring over the next 12 months?

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How do you “confirm” the right career direction for yourself?

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I find that it is hard to find women leaders in Finance that I can look up to early in my career. How would you recommend I build this aspect of my network?

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What were the challenges moving up as a woman in the 90s compared to the ones that exist today? Thank you.

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What’s more valuable- CFA or MBA with specialization in Finance?

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What do you think is the best way to network for young professionals? Specifically during COVID?

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What’s your take on the future of the asset management industry? What roles will continue to be in high demand?

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If you were starting a career in finance today, what kind of role would you look for and why?

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How do you think your break from the industry impacted your earning potential when you went back into Finance?

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How important do you think the names of the places where you've worked are on your resume when you're building a career in Finance? Feel like I'm shut out if I don't have a JPM or GS o… more

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What are the benefits / trade offs being in a Bulge Bracket vs a boutique for a career in IB at the VP level in your opinion?

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What have been the benefits of taking a career break? I’m afraid I’ll be left behind if I do.

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How have previous recessions impacted careers in finance and how did you navigate these periods?

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Hi Jenny, how did you approach planning your career and setting goals?

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