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Interview With a Professional in Finance: Sarah Bennett, Client Management, Deutsche Bank

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What was your first job?

Apart from babysitting, my first job was as an admin assistant for a Financial Advisory firm.

Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, if not, what did you want to be doing?

When I first started working I didn’t know my specific role existed, but I was always interested in banking & finance. I wanted to travel and when I was younger I envisaged this would be visiting different countries on a regular basis, however I achieved this in a different respect by working in Germany for a number of years.

Which parts of your role are the most and enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging?

I really enjoy the people management part of my role, helping staff to develop and seeing them flourish in their careers. On the flip side, this can also be the most challenging part of my job and sometimes I think being a mind reader would be very useful!

How do you balance your working and personal life?

Being organised helps me to keep track of what is happening when. During the week my main focus is my job, but I will try to be flexible for other activities and also aim to keep weekends work free.

What advice would you give to a young professional wanting to progress in your industry?

Make the most of every opportunity you get, even if you think it isn’t exciting at the time. The network you build and experience gained (including soft skills) could help towards a future role.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years’ time?

If I look at what has changed over the past 10 years it’s hard to predict exactly what I will be doing in 10 years’ time, but I would like to see me continuing to be challenged in my career and helping others to develop in theirs.

What’s the best tip or piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Be true to yourself. You may have to flex your working style, but changing it completely isn’t sustainable and you won’t perform at your best.

What do you enjoy the most in/ about Birmingham?

I love the fact Birmingham is small enough to get around easily but big enough to have variety for everything you might want.