Aishwarya Sehgal: 2009-2014

Since leaving William Edwards:

Post 16 education/training – The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln (2014 – 2016)

  • A Levels in Geography (A), Economics (B) and Maths (B) and AS level Chemistry (C)
  • Extended Project Qualification (A*) regarding the economic theories of world population and supply of food resources

Higher Education – University of York (September 2016 – Present)

  • BSc in Economics
  • First year overall result 2:1, with first class achieved in 5 out of 7 modules (Probability 1, Statistics 1, Mathematics 1, Macroeconomics 1, Economic Data Analysis )

My proudest achievement – Achieved 11 GCSEs consisting of 5 x A*s and 6 x A grades, including A* in Maths and A in English Language taken early (2013)

Life and lifestyle events, hobbies & interests and personal achievements

Director of Women in Finance – University of York Investment and Finance Society

  • Hosting female speakers, panels and events, promoting opportunities, giving career advice to encourage women

Griff Investment Fund – student- run global equity fund managing £10,000 of the University of York’s endowment

Chief Operating Officer: Selected to be one of the five members in the Executive Committee

  • Responsible for steering the focus of the fund, marketing, social media profiling, recruitment of analysts through conducting interviews, day-to-day administration and operations including running weekly meetings and scheduling
  • Editing ‘The Weekly’ Griff digital economic newsletter and distributing it to an extensive network of alumni and students

Financial Analyst:

  • Part of the EMEA team responsible for updating the fund portfolio based on recent economic news of the African region
  • Presenting stock pitches and potential investments as well as discussing and deciding upon pitches by other analysts

YuCall – part of the York Alumni association and the Giving to York programme January 2017 – Current

  • Student fundraiser part of a team of 40 student callers responsible for telephone conversations with York alumni and persuading them to give donations towards student projects, bursaries, scholarships and fund

My advice to the present pupils of William Edwards – NETWORK – build relationships with as many people as possible. The more exposure you get, the better!

Get involved – sign up to as many extra-curricular activities/projects as you can – it will really differentiate you from others in the future. It develops skills, builds relationships, gives you experiences, and is perfect for your CV.

Be inquisitive/curious – ask as many questions as possible and talk to your seniors/alumni for advice. If you don’t understand something/are struggling with something there is always someone out there who can help you.

My next goal – Short-term goals:

In summer I will be attending an international summer school in Hong Kong to study international finance, as part of an exchange with my university.

Long-term goals:

Achieve a minimum 2:1 degree at university

Obtain a grad role/internship in the financial services sector (specific interest in asset management/portfolio investment)