Ella Blanthorn - Operations
"My advice? Even if something’s out of your comfort zone, just go for it."
Posted 9 months ago
My last day is approaching and it has been quite an interesting feeling to look back at my first few days and realise how many things have positively changed in 9 weeks;
I am writing this on day 43 and it is interesting to reflect on how I’ve grown and gained more confidence since day 1. During my first week I was very shy and intimidated, but as soon as I was given projects and tasks to run on my own, I became more curious and confident. What I particularly liked about being in the London Business Management team, is that I got to work with all of the industry teams. Each one of my projects involved working with other team members, reaching out to RDs and ADs, and this really helped me in developing strong relationship skills. It was also very interesting to get an insight of the different roles across the floor.
To give you an idea of how (even less than) basic my Excel skills were when I started, it took me at least two days to come up with my first spreadsheet analysis as I did not know the formulae and also did not know that you could use the keypad to select data in a table – I think you can imagine how long it took me to scroll down to copy data from A3 to A12672. However as weeks (and spreadsheets) went by, I managed to navigate my way around this little masterpiece of technology that is Excel. I learnt the shortcuts, different formulae, and was able to build my own spreadsheet from A to Z for one of my projects.
Over the past 9 weeks I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects that were all quite different from each other. Some involved spending hours on Excel, others running around the floor to speak to the other teams. What I most enjoyed is that I always had something to do and I was especially able to switch tasks quite easily. I also felt very lucky to be part of such a welcoming and supportive team, who were always there whenever I needed help.
This summer was a really great experience and I had the chance to meet great people, as well as expanding my knowledge about the banking industry.