Recruiters found me hard to place – but LBG were the perfect fit
I joined the LBG, Commercial Banking in September 2018 as a Sustainability & Responsible Business manager in CB Engagement and Responsible Business team on the Returners Programme following a maternity career break.
In my current role I support the LBG in driving colleagues and clients to build a net zero carbon future and tackle climate change – one of the biggest issues facing the world today. I am really proud that at LBG I am able to fully utilise my experience and education and contribute to finding solutions. Our purpose is Helping Britain Prosper and it is not only very inspiring but also very relevant to my day to day job at LBG.
I started my career in banking as a senior legal counsel and after 5 years of practicing law continued working as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Minister of Energy Efficiency where I was responsible for a strategic advice on financial benefits of carbon emissions trading. I also worked in capacity building/sustainable land management area at the United Nations Development Programme and later, at the International Mobile Satellite Organisation. Before my maternity career break, I advised governments on climate change policy in Toronto, Canada.
After the break I felt that coming back to the financial sector is the right thing for me, given how important are the investment decisions banks make every day for the future of the society and the planet. However, my comeback was not straightforward as my CV with a career break didn’t fit the recruiters’ matrix for the City.
The fact that I have got two master degrees – an MSc in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford and a Master of Laws from the University of Manchester – made things even more complicated for trying to identify where I might fit.
Even though some other banks have programmes for people joining after a career break, only LBG has been able to recognise my rich international experience and value of a diversity and professional knowledge I could bring to the organisation.
I really enjoyed the Returners Programme which made my journey back to workplace as smooth as possible, swapping a school run and other 100% family caring routine for a demanding professional work. Most importantly, LBG work and family life balance as well as agile work arrangements, allowing a mother of two and a sailing enthusiast– a sport I’ve felt in love with during my career break – to recommend LBG as the right place to be.