Career Journey - A deep dive

Venture Capital, Startups, Entrepreneurship


As I'd explored banking, I'd always hear about how people would 'exit into PE/VC'. It seemed incredible that you could work in a smaller firm, but be the decision-maker, working on the buy-side and actually being listened to when making decisions. After working with a startup I realised that the experience was intoxicating and I longed for that hands-on approach. The crossroads sat at VC, the earliest stages of PE, providing me with a chance to work on problems hands-on, be heard and bring money to support my suggestions, while working with some of the most motivated and intellectually curious minds in industry!


Technology, SME and Social Impact Consultant

Looking for inspiration, I struck gold when I discovered that I could combine my love for problem-solving and troubleshooting with my interest in finance, markets and the corporate world through consulting - where you got paid to travel and solve complicated problems for clients! What more could one want?! However I soon realised that while the role was fantastic, as a consultant there was only so much you could do. While you were much more hands-on in solving challenges, your opinion meant less because you weren't the one with the money and that even if you suggested an amazing idea with your team, it might not get the funding or support it needs to help solve a challenge. This troubled me and I wondered whether I should, in fact, go back to banking?


Investment Banking Aspirant


Like any student going in to study Economics I saw all the modern greats. Wolf of Wall Street. Big Short. The Economist was my source of news and everything seemed to make sense. Reading up on free markets, I was inspired by the idea that money gave one the voice to be heard and to enact change. I believed that with a career in IB, I could address any problem from a position of power.  I could be heard when talking about social injustice. I could shine a light on structural problems. I could help to direct investment to those that needed it most...but this was a glamorised view. The more I looked into it though, the more it seemed that even here you were but one in a million, a cog in a machine, and that this impact was nowhere near as easy to achieve as I had thought


Computer Science and Tech


Studying Computer Science seemed like a dream. Having designed websites and built applications before I was amazed at the chance to get to work on creating something that would be a product used by people in their every day life. I'd go to extra Comp Sci classes, went through a software engineering summer school, worked with Alzheimer's Society databases and was convinced that programming was the way to go! Already I knew I wanted to be an agent of change, and I imagined if I could design some amazing programme, perhaps this would be revolutionary and would change the world for the better.