It’s never too late to get back into banking

Returner Programme RuthI joined LBG on the 2018 Returner’s Programme, spending the 16 weeks of the programme in Markets Operations, and then moving to LBCM Business Management in January 2019 where I focus on Customer Experience.

Back in the last century when men wore ties and those few women who were in the City wore shoulder pads, I worked as a Eurobond Dealer managing an FRN Investment Portfolio and trading Sterling and Aussie Dollar Bonds, Options and Futures. I then moved into Asset Management where I was Head of Dealing covering an extensive range of products and markets on a best execution basis.

After starting my family I returned to the City but after a couple of years decided that I wanted to spend more time with my daughter and made the tough decision to change my career to enable this to happen.

I qualified as a Montessori Nursery Teacher and then after further training, as a Montessori Primary Teacher. I became involved in the Montessori Schools Association (MSA), becoming Regional Chair of the East Anglia Region.  

When my daughter decided she too wanted to pursue a career in the city via an apprenticeship programme, I decided to reach out to some of my old contacts. One of these happened to work at Lloyds and told me about the Returner’s programme. On a whim I thought I would apply and the rest, as they say, is history!

I had been away from the corporate market for over 16 years and I never dreamt I would be back in the City, albeit in a very different guise to before. There has been plenty of support and some great training sessions for personal improvement that were invaluable, interesting and inspiring.  I was concerned about how much had changed in the lifetime I was away – especially technology – but I have  been fortunate to work with some amazing people who took the time to help me settle in and appreciated the transferable skills that I was bringing with me. 

I absolutely love it and I could never have done it without LBG and the Returner’s Programme.

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