During the October half term, a dozen volunteers from Morgan McKinley’s London office partnered with Investment 2020 to lead a Networking Workshop for Sixth Form students looking to move into Asset Management.
In an interactive session, Morgan McKinley presented to over 50 students from schools in Greater London and from the Career Ready programme about how to develop their networking, presentation and communication skills. Starting with some theory behind networking, including how to give the best non-verbal first impression, students were then tasked with putting together their very own Elevator Pitch (just in case they find themselves in a lift with Sir Alan Sugar) which they then presented to fellow students and the Morgan McKinley Asset Management team.
The session went down a storm, with plenty of opportunity to practice their pitches in a ‘safe’ environment with our Consultants, who were able to give on the spot feedback and advice to help student build their confidence, perfect their handshakes and deliver the perfect open question. One student even said ‘this was one the best networking events I have been too!’ which was great to hear. We finished the session with some top tips on building your online brand, ensuring that LinkedIn and other social media sites are used responsibly, as an extension of your CV and personality.
Investment 2020 is a fantastic programme that promotes asset management to diverse talent at grass-roots level on behalf of the UK's largest investment companies, many of whom are our clients at Morgan McKinley, including: Aberdeen Asset Management, BlackRock, Fidelity International, Henderson Global Investors, Legal & General Investment Management, M&G Investments, Old Mutual Global Investors etc.
A special thanks goes to the Morgan McKinley team for their time and efforts, including Lainey Gower, Jonny Gaffney, Darren Burns, Amy Maguire, Tereza Tomasova, Scott Grundy, Anna Miah, Botan Creighton, Calvin Phillips and Luke Pulsford!
For all you aspiring Investment Management school leavers and graduates or for those simply wanting to know more about the industry, definitely register with Investment 2020 and myself and the team will be back for an Insights Day in the February 2017 Half Term.