Meet Tom

  • Studied at the University of Bath
  • Joined in September 2014
  • Now on second rotation in LCH.Clearnet, London

“Choosing to start my career at LSEG over the other potential employers out there had a lot to do with the type of applications the firm was writing and where they fit into the world. You can write software for anything and everything but not necessarily software that’s designed to handle thousands of trades every minute.”

“At the start of the graduate programme there were two weeks of induction where we learned about the workings of the financial markets and also received training in presenting and other soft skills. This was extremely useful for me because, as I don’t come from a finance background, there were areas of the industry that I didn’t know very much about. My training has continued and I have just completed the Investment Operations Certificate, an industry recognised qualification, which LSEG sponsored.”

“My first rotation was a software development role in LCH.Clearnet’s EquityClear clearing service. After completing the initial training I was presented with high-level projects to begin working on straight away. I was writing software that clears trades for the LSE as well as the SIX Swiss Exchange across several European markets.”

“Within a few months of joining the firm I had already written code that had gone live and had trades going through it. I remember the first time somebody told me that a trade had gone through my code and real money had changed hands because of it — it was a really special moment!”

“Another great thing about working here is the access you get to senior people; I’ve been able to meet the CEO of LSEG a number of times, for example. There is also a programme called ‘lunch and learn’, where leaders from across the business sit down for lunch with the graduates. It’s an opportunity to ask questions about different areas of business and to hear about the Group’s plans for the future.”

“The feedback we get is also really important. As technologists, we take part in ‘show and tells’, where you get to meet the people who will be using the software you’ve been developing. It’s a chance to hear their views on what they like about the product and where it could be further improved. I know I can always ask for support from my development lead if there’s something I’m not sure about, or if I need help with a particular piece of work. It’s just a question of being assertive and asking for support when you need it; I’ve yet to come across someone who’s not gone out of their way to help me.”