What do you do at J.P. Morgan?
My role in J.P. Morgan is within custody and funds services as part of performance and risk analytics. This is an exciting place to be in the Australian market because J.P. Morgan is the largest custody holder. Performance and risk analytics provides insights for clients about where their returns are generated. Our business continues to grow, offering many opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
Can you describe the culture of J.P. Morgan?
The culture of J.P. Morgan can be descried as “opportunistic.” J.P. Morgan puts the responsibility on individuals to build themselves, but at the same time ensures that all the resources they’ll need are available every step along the way. You won’t have a moment in the business where you feel like you’re not supported or you don’t have anyone to go to for advice.
Why did you join J.P. Morgan?
I choose J.P. Morgan initially because of its global reputation but after I joined I have realized it has so much more to offer than just prestige. The people of J.P. Morgan are its biggest asset. While the work can be challenging, I try to remember that when I’m uncomfortable it means I’m learning and stretching my skills. You are in charge of your own development, but J.P. Morgan provides tools such as online learning and classroom sessions to help you. Apart from this, you have to learn to leverage your network and emulate key aspiring aspects from the people you interact with on a daily basis.
What career advice would you give to students who are starting to apply for opportunities after university?
Don’t hesitate to apply because you are from a different discipline. Although technical finance knowledge may help in the industry, it is not the only aspect that managers are looking for in candidates. If you are from a different discipline you will approach and solve problems differently than your peers and this may be your selling factor. For example, I personally have a science background and present different theoretical and practical solutions that focus more on the phycology and thought processes of my target audiences.
What is one of the best aspects of being an employee at J.P. Morgan?
One of the best aspects of being employed at J.P. Morgan is its inclusive culture. We have a flat organization that allows you to approach people for help, advice and to build relationships. This has provided me with an avenue to explore a multitude of extracurricular activities and business resource groups that fall outside of my direct line of business. Through participating in these and being an active member within the J.P. Morgan community, I’ve been able to grow and develop many skills including public speaking, presentations, networking and event organization.
Where do you see your career taking you?
Even though I don’t have a clear idea right now in terms of my career path, being part of the Global Analyst Development Program allows you to rotate to another role after a year to learn more about what you like. Most importantly, I’m developing skills including communicating with key stakeholders, using my creativity for solution designing, project planning and using my technical CFA knowledge to familiarize myself with different areas of the business and the products they offer. I can say with certainty that I will be in J.P. Morgan for the long-run with many more opportunities to come.