The Business School recently hosted a Women in Fintech panel with seven guest speakers who shared their experiences from the Fintech industry. The host of the event Andrei Kirilenko, having welcomed the panellists and the attendees in the room, made a clear point about his passion for Fintech and the role women can play in this rising industry. The chair set the scene for the discussion by giving her background and showing her wealth of experience she gained in fintech. The wonderful panellists with their diverse backgrounds and roles covered the whole spectrum and angles of Financial Services and Fintech.
The audience was presented with a brief history of this very broad sector and the misconceptions often heard about what Fintech is. Currently, the sector is going through a huge growth with innovation taking place across the services customers receive, for example, the healthcare industry is coming together with the insurance sector to produce cutting-edge technology to better support the customers.
The panellists had a vivid discussion on what young people need in order to succeed in a career in fintech. The universal tips they gave to the young students sitting in the room included networking, mentoring and sponsorship. Some of the panellists benefited from having a mentor and a sponsor in the past, others worked very hard without an access to a mentor in order to achieve their goals and climb up the career ladder. Some useful tips the audience received included being open to receiving feedback, applying it and doing your best in your role and giving your maximum before you let people spot you. We heard that you can take advantage of the formal mentorship programmes that larger financial institutions offer if that’s something you’re interested in.
When referring to their personal experiences, the panellists highlighted that young females should always believe in themselves, not matter what, and they should be confident to ask for things they want. Another important piece of advice was never to let things hold you back. Your career is your personal responsibility and so it’s unwise to wait for someone to develop it for you.