Monica Judge – 2nd year Aspire Trainee currently working in Treasury

Intro/ Where did you go to college, what did you study?

I studied at Collingham College, London – for my GCSE’s and have A’ Levels in Economics, Mathematics, Art and English Literature. I knew I wanted to get into Banking but I wasn’t sure what field I wanted to get into as I didn’t know much about banking besides what I had studied. I did apply to university and managed to secure a place however as it came closer to picking my choice I decided working and studying would be a better fit for me as I would gain inavaluable exposure into the Banking world at a young age.


Why did you choose the Aspire Programme?

I chose the ASPIRE programme because It offered a career potential in the Banking Industry and also the opportunity to broaden my experience of the financial environment and the different job functions. Initiallty what stood out to me the most was the rotational period as it gives young people who may not know which field they want to get into yet, the option to explore all parts of the bank and chose which role they want to get into. The great thing about Close is the culture and this is installed throughout every single employee throughout all divisions.  


Typical day (what does it look like)?

I currently work in our Treasury function. My typical day is always interchangeable whether I am focussed on pulling together a spreadsheet for a Business Strategy meeting or looking into Customer behaviours using Google Analytics. I will also look at any market changes, if there has been a jump I will investigate this further and forecast the rates for the following week dependant on the market conditions. Currently I add/edit data in our internal marketing database and liaise with other area’s of the business to ensure that the information is correct, within agreed timeframes. I have also got involved in designing mock-ups for both our website and online portal working closely with our third-party design team and board members to get their input. Additonally, I have picked up processes which as Alteryx, Tableau, Salesforce and T24, all which I had never used or seen before now.


What skills do you need to be successful?

In order to be successful, I think it’s really important to be as versatile as you can. Challenges will arise in every job you have. You’ll want to have the ability to analyze issues, make sound decisions and overcome problems. Ability to work independently and proactively especially more so now, given our remote working from home is also very important and a willingness to learn in-house online systems and processes. The most important thing is to be willing to learn as this will get you very far in the rotation.


Why should someone choose the Aspire Programme?

The ASPIRE Programme is a great path to go down as you get to spend time with different parts of the buisness and learn varied systems and processes. Within your 2 year rotation you would have learnt 20 different job roles which gives you a massive advantage as you work your way up the ladder.

If you have an interest in learning about Close Brothers and would like to gain the experience and demomstrated history of working in the banking industry, working alongside some of our ExCo and most Senior Leaders, this is the right choice for you whilst studying with the Aspire Programme.

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