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‘eye opening’ experience for Concord student on Girls’ Inspire Programme

Friday March 15, 2019

A Concord student has recently enjoyed a day at Goldman Sachs’ ‘Girls Inspire Programme: Investing in Women of the Future’. Each year, students are encouraged to apply with an interest in economics, business and finance. Stacey in 6.2 was invited to this year’s annual programme, following a successful application with the help of Concord’s Assistant Principal (Careers and University Admissions), Dr Rob Pugh. Stacey was ‘delighted’ to attend the prestigious programme in February, designed to provide A-Level students with an insight into the overall world of financial services. However, this year, Goldman Sachs wanted to help attendees “understand that the breadth of careers at Goldman Sachs cover a range of non-finance areas such as legal, compliance, operations, technology, HR and services, in addition to those such as investment banking, investment management and securities.” The one-day programme also aims to introduce final year female students to a unique combination of experimental learning, mentorship and university readiness, in addition to careers exposure. Stacey spent the day at Goldman Sachs’ London office, meeting with fellow students and industry professionals and took part in a variety of business challenges and seminar tasks, as well as learning about application skills and CV writing. Speaking of Stacey’s success, Dr Pugh said: “The application process has become a lot more competitive this year. In fact, it wasn’t even advertised online as Goldman Sachs are confident of attracting a large, competitive field for these places.” “Concord students have now been invited to attend this event for several consecutive years, so it’s great that Stacey was offered this opportunity this year, to continue the college’s involvement in such a worthwhile programme – and I hope she has taken valuable experience from the event.” Reflecting on the programme, Stacey said: “It was an eye-opening experience and gave me the opportunity to learn more about the company and different available careers, and I was lucky enough to meet employees from several departments. “It was particularly interesting to meet some women working there who also attended the workshop during their A-Levels. “Overall, it was a really enriching experience!”