Welcome to The Career Interview. The podcast turning the table on the traditional interview process. We interview a wide range of people working in the careers you’re interested in; from the ones you know about, the ones you think know about and the ones you don’t. Understand what it’s really like in their role and how they got there. So whether you're not sure what the right career path is for you, you're considering a career change or you're just a little bit nosey then this is the podcast for you
Senior Vice President at Investment Bank Alantra
This week I'm joined by David who is a Senior Vice President at Alantra; a boutique investment bank. There are many films that give a certain picture of what the banking world is like such as The Wolf of Wall Street or The big short but David tells us how it really is. We touch on what he actually spends most of his time doing during a typical 60 hour working week, how to make you stand out in the extremely competitive job market to land that first role and what he has learnt from each role he’s done. We cover a lot of ground, really breaking down the fundamentals of what a banking role is but I won’t blame you if you want to listen to this episode for a second time round! David also shares what he’s learnt and advice he’s been given throughout his career that is applicable to any job role so feel free to jump straight into section 2 (see below).
Section 1: Hear David breaking down the fundamentals of banking and his role:Section 2: Hear David share his career path, career advice and the key things he's learnt throughout his career. Useful Links:
Check out Alantra: https://www.alantra.com/ Check out the Investment Banking Careers Blog David mentioned: https://www.mergersandinquisitions.com/ Check out Liars Poker by Michael Lewis: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liars-Poker-author-Big-Short-ebook/dp/B004JHY7PY/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=liars+poker+michael&qid=1625510320&s=books&sr=1-3 Check out Monkey Business: by John Rolfe and Peter Troob: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monkey-Business-Swinging-Through-Street/dp/0446676950 Check out Anti-fragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Antifragile-Things-that-Gain-Disorder/dp/0141038225/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=anti+fragile&qid=1625510221&s=books&sr=1-2
Electrical Systems Engineer at Caterpillar
In this week’s episode, I was going to be joined by David, a Senior Vice President of a boutique investment bank but I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait another week for that! But instead, I have another amazing guest all about the world of electrical engineering. I’m joined by Nathan who is an electrical systems engineer at Caterpillar. He’s responsible for helping to develop the Genset engine 4000 which is about the size of a shipping container for electrical power generators which are often used as backup generators for hospitals, or even to power small towns in the Amazon. We touch on what his role looks like on a daily basis as well as the key skills required for the role. And it’s worth knowing that there are almost 5.7 million people who work in engineering in the UK, which accounts for just over 19% of all UK employment yet to meet projected demand, the number of engineering apprentices and graduates will need to double. So it’s definitely an area worth exploring if you’re interested in understanding how things work, building things as well as taking things apart!
Check out careers at Caterpillar: https://www.caterpillar.com/en/careers.html
International Technical Manager in the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry at Dechra
This week, Rachael speaks to Ceri who has spent 8 years working in vet practises before making the move to an International Technical Manager in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry for a company called Dechra. In her role, she supports internal sales and marketing teams with her veterinary knowledge as well as supporting vets with queries and training in relation to Dechra’s medication based products. Ceri had always wanted to work with animals ever since she was a little girl where she’d set up a wildlife vet clinic in her garden shed, and after working in vet practises wanted a new challenge. Ceri shares how the skills she developed as a vet are completely transferable to her current role today, her tips on having a smooth transition from a vet role into industry as well as why her current role still includes the things she loved from her original vet role without the downsides. If you’re interested in working with animals and have a passion for continuous learning then this is a great career option for you.
Dechra: https://www.dechra.com/ The London Vet Show: https://london.vetshow.com/ BSA VA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association: https://www.bsava.com/About-us Ceri on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ceri-bailey-216287163/
Account Director at Digital Creative Agency MMC
This week, Rachael speaks to Aimee, an Account Director at MMC, a digital creative agency set in the North East of England, working with clients from all over the world. After spending a few years down in London working for TK Maxx in the internal comms team, Aimee wanted to return to her roots and move back much closer to home and give agency life a go. Aimee shares her experience of navigating the agency world and we break through some of the common conceptions made about working in agencies such as it’s not all about marketing to end consumers and it is totally possible to have a successful commercial career and not need to be based down in London. We touch on the differences of agency life vs working in house, the important skills to do a good job and the lessons Aimee learnt from her previous roles. Aimee has an infectious personality and you can clearly tell just from speaking to her why she loves her job managing relationships with their clients so that she can paid to chat to her clients and colleagues for up to 5 out of 8 hours of the day.
Check out MMC: https://mmc.agency/ Connect with Aimee on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aimee-greensmith-60906622/
Digital & Marketing Management Consultant at Baringa
This week, Rachael speaks to Tom who works for the management consultancy Baringa in the Digital and Marketing space. After completing a music degree where Tom specialised in Opera singing and playing the clarinet, Tom wasn’t sure if music was the way to go and through discussions with people he knew he landed in the world of consulting. Tom has worked for an incredible range of brands from the likes of Adidas to Hotels.com and even some companies you may not even think of such as Saudi Arabia's largest reseller of PVC piping. We discuss the most commonly made assumptions about life as a consultant such as is all the travel as good as it’s cracked up to be, how many hours does Tom really work in a week, is the consultant culture as cutthroat as some people say and do consultants just make pretty powerpoint slides? Tom provides a really eye opening account of what it’s like on the inside of a consultant’s office walls. Hope you enjoy this week's episode!
For support getting a role in consulting: https://managementconsulted.com/ Useful resource to find out more about what it's like to be a mgt consulting: http://www.insidecareers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Management-Consultancy-201718-Final-RED.pdf Some great Instagram accounts to follow:https://www.instagram.com/consultingcomedy/ https://www.instagram.com/consultinghumor/ https://www.instagram.com/crazymgmtconsultants/
Research Dietician at Kings College London
This week, Rachael speaks to Leanne, a Research Dietician at Kings College London. Whenever she tells someone what she does, they immediately stand up straight and breathe in but as Leanne demonstrates, helping patients lose weight is not the only part of a dietician's role. Leanne originally intended to become a clinical dietician but ended up in research after not getting any of her first, second or third choice placements whilst at university. She’s been involved with helping understand the impact of snacking on almonds to improve your cardiovascular health as well as understanding how diet can help improve the symptoms of Crohns’ disease. We talk about the good and bad bits of the research dietician role as well as the important skills you’d need to demonstrate if you wanted a role in this field. Leanne has also spent some time as a clinical dietician so shares her experiences of what it was like treating patients in hospitals.
Read research articles on Pub Med: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Find out more about this career role: https://www.bda.uk.com/
Great podcast and very useful
Really great podcast for some easy listening, and very eye opening
Really informative podcast - great for grads
Really informative podcast i wish this was around when I was a grad
Really insightful, looking forward to hearing more and discovering new careers that I hadn't even thought of whilst I work through my last year at uni.