Michael graduated with a MSc. in Finance from Bournemouth University in 2019. At the beginning of this year, he was set to start training at our Academy in London. However, the country entered lockdown, so the training was converted online.
After the training, we secured Michael a role at a global Japanese financial services organisation, which he started remotely. We caught up with Michael to learn about his role in Anti-Financial Crime and hear what it’s like to start your career working from home.
How did you come to join mthree?
“I was approached by Olivia from mthree’s talent team who found my CV online and thought I’d be a good match. I went through the interview process which involved a telephone interview, a test and a video interview. I was then told I was successful and that mthree would start sending me to interviews at clients which suited my skills.
The interview prep was really useful, especially the mock interviews. In fact, my boss still tells me how impressed he was! I had a few interviews elsewhere with mthree, but when I went for this job, I knew it was the one I wanted.
When I found out I was offered the role, I was ecstatic. I genuinely believe that if it wasn’t for mthree, like many recent graduates, I’d still be trying to start my career after university.
From the beginning, mthree have been great and I've recommended them to my friends.”
How was the training?
“Our training was meant to be in the London office, but once we went into lockdown, it was moved online.
For the first week, the group was made up of about fifteen of us. The training was mixed, we went through slides on finance and then we learnt about office politics and professional skills.
We then split up into two groups for the second week and my group focused on financial crime. Even though training was online, I met people who were also going to MUFG, so I had the opportunity to get to know them too.
The training was Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. We learnt in different ways, which helped to mix things up, like slide decks, group discussions on Zoom, and presentations - the combination of those worked well.”
Do you think mthree’s training helped you start your role remotely?
“Yes definitely. It really helped me to get into the routine of the 9am-5pm work week. The training also gave me a lot of confidence, I was less nervous on the first day of my job than the first day of my training!”
How does your team work remotely?
“Since I’ve joined, I've had daily calls with my manager and weekly calls with the whole team for an hour. We're staying in touch using Skype and I can always ask for their help.
Considering the circumstances, my company have been great at keeping in touch and checking in to see if I have any issues. My team have always been happy with me asking as many questions as I want; they understand that it’s a difficult time to start a new role and that it will take me longer than usual to get into the swing of things.”
What advice would you have for somebody who's about to start training?
“Remember that everyone is in the same boat. I think a lot of people overthink when they start a new job and get themselves quite nervous. I think just go with the flow and make sure you come across enthusiastic as that's always important.
It’s okay to worry that you’re not going to know much when you first start – everyone feels the same and it’s just part of starting your career. I know that it will be a few months into my role before I fully know what I’m doing, so don’t put pressure on yourself to have it all figured out straight away.”