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Inspirational Woman: Shalom Lloyd | Founder, Naturally Tribal

 

Shalom LloydShalom Lloyd (BSc MSc Pharm; MBA) is a proud mother of five, a wife, a serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and a workaholic.

A global leader for over twenty (20) years in the UK Pharmaceutical (drug development) Industry, Shalom Lloyd is the founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare a company that uses Mother Nature’s gifts to create natural chemical free skincare products in the United Kingdom with ingredients ethically sourced from Nigeria. Shalom is also the Chief Strategy Officer at Emerging Markets Quality Trials (eMQT), a non-profit organisation focused on providing the global pharmaceutical industry access to patients in Africa.

Shalom is a Commonwealth Export Champion, a Mentor, a STEM Ambassador and strong believer in the fact that anything is possible!

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

My name is Shalom Lloyd, I’m the proud mother of five, a wife, a terrific friend and a workaholic. I launched Naturally Tribal when I was a global leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry until in September 2018, I decided to follow my passion and focus on growing my young company Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd.

I am one of those annoying people who truly believe that nothing is impossible. I am a driven woman who does not shy away from making innovative and daring decisions and resolutely refuses to ever be afraid to ask that difficult question and most importantly, deal with the answer. When I look back and connect the dots of my life journey, where I am today, makes complete sense.

I started my career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1995, an industry I have loved for over twenty years. Building a career in the pharmaceutical drug development arena enabled me work from the ground up into senior leadership roles where I led teams locally and globally – a successful career for which I am grateful.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Physics, Chemistry, Biology – those were the subjects I felt most comfortable with from a young age and they led me to work in an industry I love, where I believe I made a difference.  I was fortunate enough to be given a full scholarship to study pharmacy in the former Soviet Union (Russia). I was 16 when I arrived in Moscow and after a further five years of living and studying in a country to which I arrived without knowing a single word of Russian or knowing anyone, I returned home to the United Kingdom with a BSc and MSc in Pharmacy.

In addition to the language, there were many challenges and barriers to being a young woman of colour in Russia. However, my experience in the former Soviet Union not only nurtured the scientist in me but gave me confidence, determination, tenacity, the will to succeed, the ability to adapt and the understanding that my success or failure is down to me!

In 2014, after several IVF cycles, I gave birth to a beautiful set of twins! One of my twins, Joshua, was covered in eczema from birth and I spent months combining lotions, creams, emollients, teas - you name it - to stop his ‘scratch until drawing blood’ dilemma. I tapped into my African heritage and started to mix raw ingredients from Africa - the scientist in me took over, experimenting and testing using these natural ingredients. Then once I stumbled on the right formula, it miraculously only took three days for Joshua’s skin to become what it should have been at birth.

Naturally Tribal Skincare was born from this personal experience.

I never sat down and planned my career however, what I did try to do was maximise opportunities that came my way. I didn’t have all the answers, frankly, who does? – But I did know that I wanted to be the best version of myself and leave a little mark in the world somehow.

As a girl good at her sciences with no concrete plans, I do know that science and technology are nature’s true gifts. But, when one sprinkles a little innovation into that mix, taking an idea, making it better, demonstrating the value and bringing it to life - the sky is truly our limit!

Have you faced any challenges along the way?

Like most people, life is full of challenges and I too have faced my fair share -  challenges as a young woman growing up in Nigeria, as a black woman in the former Soviet Union, as a young graduate trying to start a career in the UK, as a career woman trying to progress and climb that famous ladder, as a woman divorced, as a woman who thought there was a possibility she would not be a mother, as a mother, as a step mother, as a mother of mixed race children, as a wife, as a business person, as me!.

There will always be obstacles and barriers as we go through our life journey however, I do believe that ‘Failure’ is an option! Failure is the first step to success; multiple failures are multiple steps towards success. Name an idol, a mentor, someone you admire who has not failed multiple times to get to where they are. We always view failure as a negative, we call it a ‘challenge’ which sometimes makes it sound not so bad, but failure to me is a positive. As an entrepreneur, I have failed multiple times and that is ok! If we have the courage to stop, retrace our steps, we will see that the failures we have had, have been the drivers and the obstacles we have had to overcome to get to where we are today.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement to date is my family – As I mentioned previously, I am a mother to five amazing children and a wife to my soul mate. I worked my way up to becoming a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, starting several businesses, being a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend – it’s tough but my family help me do all of this whilst remaining focused, grounded and at the same time remaining true to my values and ambitions. My biggest achievement is being that cool and fun mum, that role model to my children.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

Faith!

Faith in myself and my abilities

Faith in people – the few right people in my life

How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?

When you google the word ‘Mentoring’, it states “Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person” – I somewhat disagree with google!

Mentoring to me, is a relationship where both the mentor and mentee equally benefit, grow and take something away from the experience. Even the greatest of the greats have/ had ‘Mentors’! When you find a mentor who shares your values, vision, understands and even believes in your crazy, ‘out there’ ideas, your story – you know you are onto a winner.

In a Forbes article by Brian Rashid titled ‘3 Reasons all great leaders have mentors (and mentees)’ he put it so beautifully – “Trying to do great things is difficult. Trying to do them alone is, more often than not, impossible”.

I have great mentors who have just recently come into my life through the Commonwealth and in a very short space of time these mentors have lifted, championed and continue to teach, encourage, push, support, constructively criticize, develop, question and open new doors for me! My mentors surprise me every day, push me out of my comfort zone, give it to me straight and honest. Most of all, they want me to succeed!

“A Mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” (Oprah Winfrey)

Through my career, I have had the privilege of mentoring some great people who have gone on to have fabulous careers. I am, for the second year running, a proud Cherie Blair Foundation mentor where women are connected and matched across continents to develop a mentor/ mentee relationship where we both grow, learn, empower, develop skills and build confidence.

Within my company, Naturally Tribal Skincare, sourcing the right high quality and premium natural ingredients is the key to our product efficacy. The search for quality ingredients led us to the Kingdom of Essan, Niger State, Nigeria from where some of our high grade and high-quality ingredients are sourced. Today, our business goes beyond the Naturally Tribal range of skincare products and now gives us the chance to make real difference, improving the lives of women in Africa. We are looking to introduce our ‘Empowered Connection’ Programme, a mentoring programme where we are matching capable, strong, influential, experienced and culturally sensitive women from the western world with capable, strong, less experienced women from  Africa - different backgrounds and cultures to facilitate learning, empowerment, connectivity and sisterhood on both sides.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for gender parity, what would it be?

So much is being done and gender parity topic is everywhere! If I could change one thing, it would be making us women more accountable. I would like us to think, say and then do more!

I was born in Nigeria! I LOVE my roots and my Nigerian (African) heritage which gave me the grounding from a cultural perspective, the love and appreciation for family, understanding of the strength of community.

As a woman, I have rebelled against the stereotype where my role appeared to be pre-defined; rebelled against my culture where I could have been boxed into being seen but not heard; rebelled against those who frown upon my mixed marriage and beautiful children being dubbed as ‘mixed race’. One aspect that surprises me every day is how we as women treat each other but still point the finger outward!

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

Can I cheat and give my younger self two pieces of advice which are two of my favourite quotes?

Firstly Shalom, just start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible because trust me, you will conquer the impossible (Saint Francis of Assisi)

Secondly, it is better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared (Whitney M. Young) – be prepared Shalom, you will be absolutely fine!

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

2016, Naturally Tribal’s first year of operation was focused on building a strong team, testing, formulating and building our pipeline; 2017 our ‘soft launch’ year was spent validating and understanding our market, raising brand awareness and product reformulation based on research and customer feedback. 2018 kicked off the full launch of our products and brand.

I am now running the business full time and 2019 is all about getting our products into luxury high end stores, exporting more, launching our body cleaners and our bridal collection.  The future looks bright for Naturally Tribal and my aim is to seize every opportunity (including the enigma that is Brexit) and truly position us as a company with not only great products but one with a conscience.


WeAreTechWomen Conference 2018: In Pictures

 

WeAreTechWomen, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its third full-day conference for female technologists at etc. venues, St Paul’s, London.

The conference, proudly sponsored and supported by Worldpay, saw over 400 attendees from across the technology sector and a range of companies including Amazon, BT, Credit Suisse, Dell, Dyson, Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Sky, and Visa.

The conference was aimed at women in the tech sector who were looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks.

View the event images captured below:


Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2018 TechWomen100 Awards

 

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2018 TechWomen100 Awards.

A shortlist of 200 women will now be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in November.

The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final 100 winners will take place with independent judges across November. The TechWomen100 Award winners will be announced on 03 December and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception to celebrate and collect their awards.

For WeAreTechWomen's 2018 awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 15 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the tech landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 awards in 2018.

Meet our judges here

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2018 awards are kindly supported by Worldpay, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Deloitte and Sky.

Remaining timeline

  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens* – 05 November 2018
  • Voting closes – 18 November 2018
  • Winners announced – 03 December 2018
  • Winners celebration event – mid January 2019

*There is no public vote of support for the Champion and Company categories

If you have any additional questions about the awards, please contact [email protected]. For further details about the awards, please click here.


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One week to go - who will you nominate? | TechWomen100 Awards 2018

 

One week to go - who will you nominate? | Nominations for the TechWomen100 Awards close 28 September.

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. However, many Women in Technology awards choose to focus on inspirational women that have already achieved seniority, in roles such Director, CIO or CTO.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight successful and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine too.

We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2018 awards are kindly supported by Worldpay, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse, Accenture and Sky.

Speaking about the awards, Catherine Schlieben, HR Director Group Operations and Talent Acquisition, Worldpay, said, "I am delighted that Worldpay is continuing to support the TechWomen100 awards this year and that it’s now 100 and not just 50!"

"There are so many women out there in a wide variety of technical positions with fantastic expertise that we want recognise and provide inspiration to others and this is a great forum to do that."

"I was so impressed last year with the backgrounds and achievements of all the winners and am looking forward to seeing our entrants this year."

NOMINATE NOW

Nominations

Nominations open online on 3rd September via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a four-week period on 28 September.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three champions, companies and networks.

The shortlist will then be published in November where we will also open the TechWomen100 and Network of the Year for public votes of support.

All winners will be announced in December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

All winners will be invited to celebrate their awards at a prestigious reception in January 2019.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Awards timeline

  • Nominations open – 03 September 2018
  • Nominations close – 28 September 2018
  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 05 November 2018
  • Voting closes – 18 November 2018
  • Winners announced – 03 December 2018
  • Winners celebration event – mid January 2019

NOMINATE NOW


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Two weeks to go - who will you nominate? | TechWomen100 Awards 2018

 

Two weeks to go - who will you nominate? | Nominations for the TechWomen100 Awards close 28 September.

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. However, many Women in Technology awards choose to focus on inspirational women that have already achieved seniority, in roles such Director, CIO or CTO.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight successful and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine too.

We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2018 awards are kindly supported by Worldpay, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse and Accenture.

Speaking about the awards, Catherine Schlieben, HR Director Group Operations and Talent Acquisition, Worldpay, said, "I am delighted that Worldpay is continuing to support the TechWomen100 awards this year and that it’s now 100 and not just 50!"

"There are so many women out there in a wide variety of technical positions with fantastic expertise that we want recognise and provide inspiration to others and this is a great forum to do that."

"I was so impressed last year with the backgrounds and achievements of all the winners and am looking forward to seeing our entrants this year."

NOMINATE NOW

Nominations

Nominations open online on 3rd September via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a four-week period on 28 September.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three champions, companies and networks.

The shortlist will then be published in November where we will also open the TechWomen100 and Network of the Year for public votes of support.

All winners will be announced in December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

All winners will be invited to celebrate their awards at a prestigious reception in January 2019.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Awards timeline

  • Nominations open – 03 September 2018
  • Nominations close – 28 September 2018
  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 05 November 2018
  • Voting closes – 18 November 2018
  • Winners announced – 03 December 2018
  • Winners celebration event – mid January 2019

NOMINATE NOW


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Nominations are now open for the TechWomen100 Awards

 

WeAreTechWomen is proud to announce that the TechWomen100 Awards are now open for nominations.

It is no secret that the technology industry lacks female representation at all levels. However, many Women in Technology awards choose to focus on inspirational women that have already achieved seniority, in roles such Director, CIO or CTO.

Whilst we feel it is extremely necessary to highlight successful and influential women, we also believe the pipeline of female technologists need a platform to shine too.

We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry.

Through the awards, we would also like to recognise a number of senior individuals who are championing up-and-coming women, as well as any organisations that have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop the female tech talent.

Finally, we applaud the often-voluntary efforts of the women in tech networks that operate across the UK, and again would like to formerly recognise these within our awards.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

The 2018 awards are kindly supported by Worldpay, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse and Accenture.

Speaking about the awards, Catherine Schlieben, HR Director Group Operations and Talent Acquisition, Worldpay, said, "I am delighted that Worldpay is continuing to support the TechWomen100 awards this year and that it’s now 100 and not just 50!"

"There are so many women out there in a wide variety of technical positions with fantastic expertise that we want recognise and provide inspiration to others and this is a great forum to do that."

"I was so impressed last year with the backgrounds and achievements of all the winners and am looking forward to seeing our entrants this year."

NOMINATE NOW

Nominations

Nominations open online on 3rd September via WeAreTechWomen. Nominations will close after a four-week period on 28 September.

A shortlist of 200 women from a range of technology disciplines will be chosen in October by an esteemed panel of judges. There will also be a shortlist of three champions, companies and networks.

The shortlist will then be published in November where we will also open the TechWomen100 and Network of the Year for public votes of support.

All winners will be announced in December. There will be 100 winners of the TechWomen100, a Champion of the Year, a Company of the Year and a Network of the Year.

All winners will be invited to celebrate their awards at a prestigious reception in January 2019.

Who should nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisation wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise their efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Awards timeline

  • Nominations open – 03 September 2018
  • Nominations close – 28 September 2018
  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 05 November 2018
  • Voting closes – 18 November 2018
  • Winners announced – 03 December 2018
  • Winners celebration event – mid January 2019

NOMINATE NOW


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How the academia is reshaping the engineering scene

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The engineering sector looks to the academic sector as the answer for a workforce that meets the demand of tomorrow, but the challenge to produce graduates that are automatically suited for the job is too large for one institution or industry alone to solve, which is why an academia, industry sector partnership is a formidable deal.

Academia and Industry based collaboration

The world's top engineering companies are being drawn to the educational sector as they seek to form a partnership that will provide for better approach to learning and influence better industry relevant skills. It is important to point out that a university education degree has to be fit for the future.

The engineering industry has been showing involvement in the academic sector by providing visiting teaching fellowships, performance based learning opportunities and access to research grants. This collaboration has resulted in a win-win situation for both the industries and the institutions as students get the opportunity to gain experience with globally recognised industrial brands.

With this system, industries gain access to research result and the knowledge of how to gain optimum productivity with innovative new methodologies, while students and faculty get insight into business and real life engineering challenges.

The number of research partnerships between engineering industries and academic institutions has increased drastically over the years. This is driven in part by companies need to maintain competitive edge by accelerating their innovative process, they do this by sponsoring specific research projects in universities.

This will make industries gain the much needed knowledge and expertise while the academic institutions will get the much needed funding, financial benefits and recognition.

Advantages of these Collaborative Relationships

There are numerous benefits that derive from Academia and Industry based collaboration, including benefits to the society, benefits to the universities, and benefits to the industries.

  • Society benefits: Society benefits from Academia and Industry based collaboration through innovative products and technologies. The result of Industry-sponsored university research is often developed into practical products and applications that benefit the society.
  • University benefits: Some universities seek industrial sponsorships because of the potential financial rewards gotten from patents and licenses that come from the commercialization of the results of academic research. This provides a means by which universities can decrease their reliance on governmental funding. Also, faculty members benefit through access to cutting-edge equipment not available in university.
  • Company benefits: Academia and Industry based collaboration can help stimulate companies' internal research programs. Academic researches help industries identify current research trends that might be useful for the design and development of innovative products and applications. This collaboration also helps to enhance a company's reputation. Sometimes, university and industry researchers will contribute to author articles and publications that describe research results. This can also serve as a PR tool by companies to add to their reputation in the society.

The engineering sector and the academic world are mutually interdependent on each other for new innovations and discoveries to meet the demand and resolve everyday problems in the society.

This collaboration has resulted into more and more students enrolling for engineering related courses in academic institutions and faculty members being better equipped to meet the demands of the job.


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Inspirational Quotes: Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winning scientist

 

Marie Curie, born 1867, was a Polish physicist and chemist who was famous for her work in radioactivity.

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Throughout her life, Curie had many notable achievements. She was the first women to win a Nobel Prize; the first person and only woman to win the award twice; and the only person to win twice in multiple sciences.

She also founded the Curie Institutes, leading research centres, in Paris and Warsaw. During the First World War, Curie established the first military field radiological centres, meaning that mobile x-rays could be taken.

Curie died in 1934, aged 66 due to radiation poisoning from carrying around test tubes of radium in her pockets and coming into contact with radiation from x-ray machines.

Below you will find the best inspirational quotes from Marie Curie herself.


“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”


“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”


“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”


“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”


“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.”


“You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right.”


“I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.”


“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”


“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”


“First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.”


“Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.”


“I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.”

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Women traders taking on the city

 

It is no secret that trading is a male dominated industry in the city of London. According to statistics, the percentage of women in trading jobs is as low as 30 per cent.
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This could be as a result of a number of factors which are inherent in the workplace. There could be a certain stigma that it is difficult to fit into a male dominated environment.

In this article, we will go over some of the misconceptions there are about trading and the ways in which these misconceptions can be overcome. We will also run through some hints and tips that could help women as they prepare for trading interviews.

The misconceptions

One of the most common misconceptions of trading is that the workplace is filled with testosterone, screaming and numerous sexist comments. When most people think of trading floors they picture large open pits where the loudest prevails.

Many of the movies on the subject have not helped to dispel those misconceptions. Movies like the Wolf of Wall Street and the big short have fed this feeling of machoism.

This is far removed from reality. Today, most modern trading floors at large financial institutions have very strict workplace guidelines when it comes to interaction among colleagues and language.

They also have detailed sexual harassment policies that make sure that female traders can feel welcome in the workplace even though it is mostly male dominated.

Women can and should comfortable working on a trading floor without the fear of any sort of untoward comments or the possibility of feeling left out from general office conversations.

Another common misconception that women have when it comes to trading is that there are only certain types of university degrees which apply to trading jobs. They think that only mathematicians or finance majors are able to succeed in the trading world.

This is not true. Although some types of trading and quantitative analysis do require a background in a technical STEM major, the vast number of trading jobs require an understanding of basic math as well as a willingness to learn.

In fact, a number of trading jobs are more about practicality than theory. Many trading floors require some retraining and they find that people who have not got a background in trading can be more malleable. This is where some women can indeed stand out.

How to get a trading interview

Although trading is now a career path that is more open for women, they still have to prepare themselves for the industry by making numerous applications as well as making the most of trading education.

There are a number of online portals that have the latest information on financial service jobs in the industry. These also have up to date resources that can be used in interview preparation.

Of course, having an up to date CV with your latest qualifications is essential, but one of the most important things to have before you start applying for trading jobs is a motivational letter.

This is where you can take the opportunity to let the recruiters or HR know why you, as a strong and motivated woman, are interested in working on a trading floor. Perhaps you can include a section in the letter of how you would like to break the misconceptions of women in trading that we talked about above.

How to succeed in the interview

If you are lucky enough to get an interview, then your time has really come to shine. You need to make sure that you have all of the finer details of your CV and motivational letter ironed out. You are most likely to get questions on these so you will need to have your answers stacked up. These are, after all, answers that you can prepare for.

There are also a range of other stock questions that you can prepare for and most of these fall under the guise of "motivational" questions. When it comes to the more technical trading related questions, then you need to take the time to study the online portals and understand the basics of the job.

These could take a number of different forms and could be brain teasers, judgement questions or more general in nature. The most important thing to do in this case is to know when to admit that you don’t know something. Equally important however, is attempting to answer the question by clearly stating your assumptions.

For example, you may get a question on equity pairs trading of two companies. You may not know what the companies do but you have a fair idea of what a pairs trade involves from the research that you did. You could then admit to the researcher that you have never heard of the particular companies. You could ask them for more of an overview so that you could most easily answer the question.

This is where most new interviewees get tripped up. They think that admitting that they don't know the answer to a question entirely is a sign of weakness. It is quite the opposite in fact. New traders are encouraged to speak out if they do not know something. This is because being cavalier about not knowing something is a sure way to lose a lot of money on the trading floor.

Trading also requires someone to be calm under pressure. Hence, it is important to make sure that you appear calm and collected and don't get flustered when you are asked the questions. Perhaps practicing the interview beforehand can help calm your nerves prior.

Conclusion

It can always be daunting to make strides in an industry that is usually dominated by the opposite sex. Hence, trading has often been a challenging career path to embark for women new to the industry.

However, as we have shown, this is merely a fallacy and is indeed driven by a range of societal misconceptions. Not only are there successful female traders but they are often some of the best in the industry.

As with any other field in life, where male dominance once prevailed, it required strong and independent women to challenge the norm and break through certain stereotypes. Trading floors have become so much more female friendly that they are now a place for women to make massive strides.


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Getting back to business | Returning to work after a career break

 

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We will provide you with seven weeks of training to refresh and upskill your knowledge. Upon completion you will become a full time Consultant working onsite with one or more of our 180+ prestigious clients across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector.

As an FDM Consultant, you will work with us for a minimum of two years. After that time, you could either transition to the client permanently or stay with FDM as a senior Consultant.

You will receive:
  • Fully-funded professional business and technical training in our state of the art London training centre (includes PRINCE2 certification)
  • Flexible training hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday during the seven week training period, to help accommodate personal commitments
  • Fast-track career progression to get you back into business·
  • Job security for a minimum of two years (with options open to you after this time)
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Continuous support and development throughout your career journey
Essential Criteria
  • Looking to return to work after a break in your career
  • Previous experience in either Business Analysis, Project Support or Project Management
  • A strong aptitude and interest in business
  • Be able to commit to a two year contract with FDM once the seven week training period is complete
  • Be able to work full time

Please click here to send us your CV for immediate consideration.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Julie at [email protected]

We are looking for professional and dedicated people to join us now. The next course will begin early 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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