Meet Maria

  • Studied at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Joined in September 2015
  • Now on second rotation in LCH, London

 “I first started thinking about a career in financial markets during my exchange year in Boston. One of my lecturers ran a course on the 2008 financial crisis. I found it fascinating and I started to form a clearer picture of the events that took place and what caused them.

“A big factor in my decision to apply to LSEG was understanding just how important the Group is to the financial markets and the global economy. It’s a unique set-up and, looking back, it offered something very different to the other employers in this industry.

“My first two rotations have been with LCH, which is one of LSEG’s Post Trade businesses. I’m currently working with the Treasury Department, which invests money and manages a large portfolio for LCH and its clients. There is a lot of strategy involved, which I like. We are constantly monitoring developments in the markets and adapting our investment strategy around this.
“It’s an amazing vantage point: you begin to understand how the financial markets work and how investors’ behaviour impacts our business. I’ve learnt so much in a short space of time –it’s like being at university, only much more hands-on.

“The culture here is very open; there aren’t the hierarchies that you sometimes find in large organisations. People know who you are – they are never too busy to listen and to pass on their experience.
“At the same time, everybody is extremely ambitious. We all want to be the best at what we do and to help the business grow. It’s an exciting time to be an LSEG employee: the business is constantly evolving and I know there are going to be lots of interesting opportunities ahead.

“One of the best things about the graduate programme is being able to see different parts of the business in action. You get to be involved in a wide range of projects and to gain a sense of the kind of work you’re best suited to. There’s so much I want to learn and I’m already looking forward to my next rotation. I just wish the programme was longer.”