by Jade Rose, Wealth Manager
When it comes to career advice, Jennifer Horne is the one to talk to.
Beginning as portfolio manager and analyst with Oppenheimer Capital in 1987, Jennifer moved to work in equity research with Evaluation Associates in 1995. Despite enjoying a lucrative, rewarding position, Jennifer took a five-year career break before returning to work as Managing Director with Blackrock in 2008. Since 2013, Jenny has served as head of US institutional clients at Schroders.
Now working with Fishbowl as an Industry Advisor, Jennifer provides expert guidance and support for those aiming to follow a similar path or struggling to make inroads in highly competitive industries.
A near textbook case of ‘nonlinear career progression’, we sat down with her to discuss her professional journey, the lessons learned along the way, and what advice she has for those looking to get ahead in 2020 without compromising on family life.
Obstacles come thick and fast when entering a competitive marketplace. This goes double when you’re a female professional starting out in the late 90’s.
Having a solid CV is essential but remember, it’s not necessary to focus on landing the ‘big fish’ to be considered competitive.
Making time for what matters
While it may be tempting to plug ‘gaps’ in your CV, detailing your breaks – and the purpose behind them – helps present a rounded picture about your work.
Taking breaks in your career is a good thing! Just make sure you know how to communicate why you took time off and what you did during that time.
Seeking out support
Sourcing a mentor is essential for challenging positions or roles where you forge your own path. But finding one doesn’t need to be difficult.
Finding a quality leader is tough. But knowing the difference between dependable and unreliable leadership can be a massive help.
An experienced self-starter, Horne’s path is striking but by no means unique. Even now, individuals from all backgrounds struggle to secure a role in a male-dominated industry while still putting family first.
However, it’s important to remember some key takeaways:
- We live in a world where diversity matters. Strategic and valid career breaks add value to your CV.
- Securing a mentor can be difficult but honest communication (and a bit of truthful flattery) can help secure the mentor you admire.
- An expanded market means ‘big name’ recognition isn’t so important.
- Always look for leadership and three-fold professionalism (integrity, relationship building, and trust-building) and you can’t go wrong.
– Jade Rose, Wealth Manager – Jade is a wealth manager based in London. A former fashion designer, Jade is passionate about helping women and creatives feel confident in themselves through their finances and works with entrepreneurs and creators to ensure they realize their financial goals.