Aoife – From Placement to Graduate

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By: Aoife McEvoy

I first joined First Derivatives as a placement student in June 2012, working on the MIS team in Newry HQ. This gave me great exposure to financial systems, the opportunity to learn some coding languages, as well as experience working with colleagues globally over a number of different time zones. After completing my final year of Business Information Technology (BSc) in Queens University Belfast, I re-joined First Derivatives as a graduate in June 2014 and was shortly on a flight to Edinburgh, to start my first role in a top tier bank.

I lived in Edinburgh for 18 months, before moving to London where I still am four years later and have since completed contracts in two other banks, one being a clearing bank where I am currently based. I have had business analyst, technical analyst and project manager roles since joining First Derivatives, the social aspect is great and the opportunities to travel are endless. First Derivatives has enabled my career to progress by providing access to training materials, exams and courses to further my skills.

I would definitely recommend applying for a placement year with First Derivatives, it’s an opportunity to get experience working in the largest financial banks in the world, and gain invaluable experience along the way.