FROM THE PITCH TO THE TRADING FLOOR
From pro player to world leading investment bank
Similarities between football and finance?
"Absolutely. For both, you need high levels of self-discipline and a commitment to excel. You naturally develop great teamwork skills through football and learn how to work in a demanding environment, which is useful for finance."
"Working with people of all different ages and backgrounds as a player is also helpful when you walk into a corporate environment because you’re less phased when meeting new people. Walking into the dressing room at a new club is probably one of the most daunting experiences ever, so if you can handle that, you can definitely handle walking onto a trading floor in Canary Wharf!"
James also reflected on the changing culture at Morgan Stanley: “They talked about the diversity here at the firm. It was refreshing to hear they value the skills and attitudes people from different backgrounds might bring to the floor, which reassured me that this was a career I could pursue”.
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