Terayi looks north to a bright future
Degree: BA Hons Business Management (2016)
Job: Analyst at Northern Trust Corporation
Rungs on a ladder
I faced a number of obstacles before getting to university but, once here, opportunities opened like rungs on a ladder: one thing led to another.
The CEO (EMEA Region) of Northern Trust, Wilson Leech, is a Greenwich alumnus and I know he feels that the university provided the foundation for his career. He wants to give today’s students the same chances and ensures that his staff provide mentoring and other practical help through a unique partnership with the Business School.
Give up or keep trying
I came to the UK to do my A levels and wanted to continue into higher education but, at the time, my residency status made it impossible. I had a choice: give up or keep trying. So I self-educated, passed several ACCA accountancy exams and got a job as Accounts Payable Clerk with the hotel wholesaler Travco.
When my visa issues were resolved and I was finally able to apply to university, the Business Management BA at Greenwich sounded perfect. It was a step towards the goal of being a manager and running my own business one day.
Employability passport scheme
The Business School runs an employability passport scheme: you build up points by developing relevant skills and experience. When I got 80 points I was invited to a networking event with about 30 employers, organised by the university’s Employability & Careers Service. Northern Trust was one I didn’t know so I did a bit of research on the company.
That extra preparation was worth it – their representative was impressed and gave me a lot of advice, including to go on the university’s career mentoring scheme. I asked for a mentor from Northern Trust.
People in a team can thrive
I spent the three-month summer break between my second and third years working at Northern Trust.
The internship opened my mind. I saw how people in a team can thrive. I learned a lot about investment and mutual funds. There are some things you can only learn in the workplace.
Three weeks before graduation Northern Trust was on the phone. A position had opened up and was I interested? Yes definitely!
It wasn’t until my internship that I learned that Wilson, the CEO of Northern Trust, went to the University of Greenwich. I told myself, if he can succeed, then so can I. There are no limits to what is possible.
I have worked hard no doubt, but it was the partnership between the university and Northern Trust that led me to get this job. They provided the networking opportunities, mentoring, employability skills training and internship. My message to today’s students is to take advantage of every bit of it when it is your turn.