HR Zone: Diversity and Inclusion by James Adeleke

Generation Success Founder and President James Adeleke has made a contribution to HR zone to demonstrate why Diversity and Inclusion is the future of Business and why it is time to champion greater social mobility for young talent. He elaborates on why class and social status shouldn’t be a barrier to entry into a career in today’s society.
With more than 5 years experience in working to champion Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace through Generation Success, James applies his personal experience and notes that “Companies need to throw out the rulebook when it comes to employing young people and put in place new ways and means that give prospective employees more opportunity to shine.”

How to get a banking internship, By Diane Wilson

So, you’ve dared to dream, are in the University of your choice, you’ve done the work- had sleepless nights and wondered when the time comes, how you will get your big, investment banking (IB) break.

Your graduation results are predicted to be- well pretty damn killer if you say so yourself, or at least good, right? But then the inevitable self-doubt begins to shroud your vision and you wonder how amongst a sea of ambitious achievers, you will really be ‘seen.’

How many other people will have great results? How many other people will be scrabbling?

How many people have more experience? More connections, inside knowledge?

With additional pathways to access opportunity, a paid internship could be the answer to your career prayers.  Mentor and leadership practices aside, the extra scope for hands on experience before entering the IBbig leagues- can only mean a competitive advantage.

Throughout her journey, prolific you tube vlogger Angelica (@Angeliculture) attained two of three competitive banking internships at Barclays and Goldman Sachs.

Despite attending a well-known and relevant school (L.S.E) she confesses, she didn’t think she had the traits of a banker. Stumbling upon her career through a variety of open days, Angelica laments how to land a gig, construct a banking C.V. gain confidence, and get ahead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxMRDqvRnSs

She says;

Research prior to each application must be solid, so go to as many open days as you can. By seeking out and meeting employees, you can work out what a place of work is really like. You can also decide what division you want to be in, and whether the environment is really for you. Authenticity in your application is key. Also, LEARN THE JARGON-and tell a story.

In terms of an Investment banking internship, quick research will show that you should start your application early, before your graduation year, and in your first year where viable. Also, don’t forget to practise (and smile) on camera!

Roles within banking and finance.

As roles within banking /IB are so varied- we suggest you do some independent research, a couple of positions to consider however are:

Trader-a technical and analytical role consisting of an in-depth knowledge of the markets.

Operations managers-  also, ensure the smooth running of a business and handle maintenance at its  core.

Fund managers–  make investment decisions in lieu of their clients by buying and selling assets. They also manage bonds, variants and shares, increasing their clients’ portfolio as well as their own.

Other considerations within IB finance are, compliance (legalities) technology and of course, sales.

The process

In real terms the IB process usually involves several key stages of application. This typically involves a C.V. and application form, telephone and video interview sessions, psychometric tests and in-house analysis.

If you are preparing for migraines however, and want to increase your chances, it might be worth considering a brand new graduate scheme;

Toronto Dominion Bank

Is a top ten North American and multinational IB ranking among one of the world’s 50thsafest banks. Having launched a brand new progamme for UK undergrads in November 2019, they are also growing in visibility. At 1000 applications to date since November, this can variably be compared to Goldman Sachs 150, 000 applications per annum.

Cutting much of the noise -their simple application process requires a CV and application form/ plus  telephone interview and assessment day at their UK Headquarters in Bank.

Whatever path you decide to go down however, here at Generation Success, we wish you the very best of luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macfarlanes LLP host Black History Month Special in collaboration with Generation Success

As part of their programe to drive more diversity within the legal profession, Macfarlanes LLP held a Black History Month Special on the 24thof October.

Macfarlanes provided 15 mentors who spoke about the job opportunites at the firm and how they can be accessed.

For this event, Macfarlanes collaborated with Generation Success, a social enterprise that works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works with organisations to change their diverse talent recruitment & retention practices.

This event was the 4thBlack History Month Special Generation Success has held.

Through their Black History Month Specials, Generation Success wants to raise the aspirations of BAME youth and to break the educational myth by:

  • Highlighting BAME industry leaders to break the glass ceiling
  • Informing audiences of what professional job opportunities are available and how they can enter them
  • Increasing attendees social capital

The night’s event consisted of:

  • Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
  • Featured Speakers (BAME industry leaders)
  • Q&A session with the featured speakers
  • Networking session

At the event there were 30 mentors from Macfarlanes and Alix Partnersand 6 featured speakers.

The featured speakers were:

  • Lorraine Wright, Director at UBS
  • Rose St Louis, Head of Strategic Partnership at Zurich Insurance Ltd
  • Elton Ndoma-Ogarr, Head of Diversity and inclusion at Alix Partners
  • Jennifer Thomas, Director of Internal Communications & Experience at Direct Line Group
  • Jat Bains, Partner at Macfarlanes
  • Sophia Aluko, Head of Service Management at Barclays

This event attracted over a hundred attendees who were a mixture of students and professionals.

Generation Success’ past Black History Month Events have attracted 600 people in total.

TD Securities’ to run their UK first undergraduate internship

TD Securities’ will be holding their first UK undergraduate internship programme this summer 2020 for first and second year undergraduate students.

TD Securities’ is a Canadian investment bank and financial services provider andoffers a full range of financial products and services to over 25 million customers worldwide.

Their summer internship is a 10 week long paid role in one of the following areas; Sales, Technology, Legal Compliance or Operations.

Interns will be given responsibility to develop a core skill set and will be able to gain a wide experience of TD Securities’ front office, support and control functions providing them a foundation to a career at TD Securities.

To bring this opportunity to undergraduate students, TD Securities has partnered up with Generation Success.

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Withrich experience in working with organisations and young people to help connect talent with employers, Generation Success works to remove barriers to create equal access and opportunities.

Generation Success has plans to grow to a national level, next year they will be expanding to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. They are looking to engage employers that are keen to do engage with a diverse talent pool.

 

Generation Success has been selected to be part of EY Foundation’s Accelerator Program

Generation Success has been selected by the EY Foundation to be part of their 12-Month Accelerate program.

‘Accelerate’ teaches the chosen social enterprises how to scale up their business and increase their impact through business coaching, workshops, networking and project support.

This success follows on from Generation Success being named one of the top 100 social enterprises in the SE100 index earlier this year.

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works to remove barriers to connect businesses and people of diversity, creating equal access and opportunities.

They do this through:

  • Monthly industry insider events
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Workshops
  • Career and professional development training
  • Working with organisations to change their recruitment & retention practices

Generation Success has plans to grow to a national level, next year they will be expanding to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. They are looking to engage employers that are keen to do engage with a diverse talent pool.

Generation Success is currently working with the Canadian Investment Bank TD securities to manage the recruitment of their 2020 undergraduate summer internship program to help them engage with a more diverse pool of students.

Generation Success are finalists for the South London Business Awards

Generation Success has been shortlisted for the South London Business Awards that is to take place on the 31stof October.

The South London Business Awards is a programme that was developed to celebrate South London’s outstanding and innovative businesses.

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works to remove barriers to connect businesses and people of diversity, creating equal access and opportunities.

This year Generation Success has enjoyed many success including being selected for EY’s Accelerate program and winning a contract with TD securities to run their graduate scheme.

Generation Success’ contract with TD Securities is their biggest yet. In order to help TD securities recruit from a diverse talent pool, Generation Success has been chosen to manage the recruitment of their graduate scheme.

Sophia Aluko to speak at Macfarlanes for their Black History Month Special

On the 24thof October, Sophia Aluko will be one of six featured speakers at Generation Success’ Black History Month Special hosted by MacFarlanes.

Sophia Aluko is the Head of Service Management for the Transitions Management Office at Barclays based in London.

She is responsible for overseeing the services Barclays provides to divested businesses in Africa and Europe.

Since joining Barclays in 2008 Sophia has held various senior roles in Finance, COO and Businesses in the UK and South Africa.

At the Black History Month Special, Sophia will be speaking about her career journey; how she entered her field, her career defining moments and what challenges she has faced.

When asked why she wanted to take part in this event she said “The mission of Generation Success resonates with me and is in line with my passion.”

By highlighting Sophia and her fellow speakers the event, who are all BAME industry leaders, Generation Success wants to break the glass ceiling to raise the aspirations of BAME youth.

Not only will the event include featured speakers, there will also be:

  • Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
  • A Q&A session with the featured speakers
  • A Networking session

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success conducts a monthly series of inspirational talks led by business leaders to empower BAME youth to achieve their career aspirations.

Dentons to host a Law Special in collaboration with Generation Success

AS part of their GS Power Series to provide students and proffesinals more opportunites, Generation Success will be holding a Law Special with Dentons UK and Middle East LLP on the 12thof November.

Generation Success, is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works with organisations to change their diverse talent recruitment & retention practices, this year they are running the Canadian Investment Bank TD Securities’ summer internship program.

This Law Special is part of Generation Success’ monthly event series called “GS Power Series”, where they partner up with different corporate companies to bring industry focused events to students and proffesionals.

The purpose of these events are to inspire and support individuals in building essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to accelerate their career by:

  • Offering valuable mentoring and networking opportunities with industry professionals
  • Sharing real-life experiences and career journeys and learn as an industry leader
  • Informing them of what professional job opportunities are available and how they can enter them
  • Increasing attendees social capital

The event will consist of:

  • Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
  • Featured Speakers (Law industry leaders)
  • Q&A session with the featured speakers
  • Networking session

At the event there will be 10 mentors and 3 featuredspeakers.

The featured speakers are:

  • Karen Kerrigan, COO at Seedrs
  • Rachel Holmes,Chief Executive at Maxim Chambers
  • Gautam Bhattacharya, Partner at Reed Smith LLP

 

Don’t Fear the Pause

If you listen to experienced speakers, it’s easy to see some real differences in how they step through their presentation than maybe how you go about giving a talk when you are called upon to speak in public. But it is a good exercise to use every opportunity to listen to different public speakers and learn from them. From speakers who are not effective, study why they are and learn how to correct those problems in your presentation. For speakers who are very good, learn what they do that works and copy their methods without shame. It’s all part of learning from each other.

One thing that jumps out when an experienced public speaker is holding an audience in the palm of his hand is that he is totally relaxed up there. That is a calculated relaxation. In fact most of the methods he uses such as his use of hands, the vocal range of his voice, where he looks and how he moves are all carefully planned and part of that presentation and who that speaker is. And all of those things come with time and practice. So if you need a few times in front of a group, or a few dozen times before you can begin to get that relaxed, be generous with yourself and allow that public speaking is the kind of thing that you can read about all day long but you donít get good at it until you get good at it.

One thing that very often jumps out in a speaker who is at ease with his style is that for most of us the idea of a pause is terrifying. But notice smooth speakers often will pause and allow that moment of quiet in a presentation to just hang there. When that pause happens for that other speaker, you may have felt as terrified as if it was happening to you. But not to worry. As you noticed, that skilled speaker uses pauses to create interest and isn’t afraid to let his presentation stop for a moment either intentionally or to check notes or make some other adjustment.

The pause is actually a very powerful communications tool that if you can master it, you can use it to make points, add drama or just wake up an audience that may have begun to doze off on you. That is because as you speak along, if your presentation is somewhat long, it is easy for people to be lulled into an unintentional trance of sorts. The mind can wander and that is the condition people get into when they doze off as you speak. They track to the continuous sound of your voice and the melodic tempo that you naturally fall into when you speak in public.

When you begin to use pauses and changes to the tempo of your presentation, you break that natural rhythm of your talk. The pause will jar the audience back to you and they will suddenly be attentive with that “what did I miss” look on their faces. That is a real tool to you to help your audience stay focused and to use particularly when you are approaching a point that is an important part of what you have to say.

Most of us when we are just starting out in public speaking fear the pause in our presentation in the worst way. That moment when you are not speaking and that audience is looking at you and nothing is happening can feel like you are falling to your death. But in truth, all you have done is focus the concentration of the group on you and on your talk. So don’t fear the pause. If used with caution and sparingly, it can be a powerful communications tool to help you make your point.

Top Networking Marketing Opportunities || Is There Such A Thing?

Top networking marketing opportunities, also known as multi-level marketing opportunities, run rampant on today’s Internet. You’ve no doubt received some kind of solicitous e-mail or seen some kind of advertisement in the margins of a web site you’ve visited that talks about amazingly easy ways to earn thousands of dollars with a simple home based business.

The truth behind many of these top networking marketing opportunities is that they are using the sign-up fees from new members to pay dividends to existing members rather than actually generating any revenue from legitimate products and services. So no matter how much money they promise to make for you, if you can’t see any discernible product or service of value involved in the opportunity, you can assume that this is one of those networking marketing opportunities that is actually an out and out scam.

The truth is that for many of these top networking marketing opportunities, only one out of every fifty or a hundred people who get involved actually make the kind of returns that the opportunity dangles as a carrot in front of you. In fact, the actual numbers might be far less than this. It’s never as simple as ì-pay for the secrets and start raking it in right away.î Anyone who does make returns on these so-called top networking opportunities work hard to sign up plenty of other affiliates, many more than the little so easy testimonials make it sound like you need.

When you come across one of the top networking marketing opportunities on the internet, guaranteed to help you retire and live easy within a year, be wary. Do your research and find out what people who have been involved in these opportunities actually have to say about their results. Make sure you research these opportunities on objective third party sites, not testimonials on the opportunities home page. Keep your common sense, and good luck!