Former Alumni, currently Assistant Vice President at a leading investment bank

"I believe that while a technical background helps, you can still learn it all after university."

Ruby Egerton graduated with mathematics degree from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 and did not know what to do. With Wiley Edge (previously known as mthree) she became a Production Support Analyst. Now she is an Assistant Vice President in Equity Production Support at Bank of America (BofA).

The impact of starting her career with the Wiley Edge Graduate Program was a game changer for Ruby.

How did you find the transition into a tech role coming from a non-tech degree background?

"While I was at uni, I wasn’t considering investment banking as a career option. It meant I hadn’t done much research before joining mthree which made the transition more challenging.

Before I went on-site at BofA, I had training with mthree which was brilliant. I was put in a team with people who were already on-site, their insights about what I could expect were really helpful.

Once I joined my team at BofA, there were some concerns as I didn’t have a tech background. But those were quickly dashed as I applied myself to everything and I threw my all into it – before I knew it I was using the squawks and speaking with the traders!

I believe that while a technical background helps, you can still learn it all after university.

mthree were great with providing me additional training throughout my time on the program. Anything that BofA wanted me to get trained in, mthree organised it. I had SQL and FIX Protocol training which are my strongest skills now."

What was your career journey from Alumni to Assistant Vice President?

"Even though I was an mthree employee working at BofA, they never saw me any different. I wasn't a ‘contractor’ and they really wanted me to get involved.

At the end of the program when I was taken on as a permanent employee, my manager really pushed me to take the next step and become Assistant Vice President. He was even talking about where I could be in three years’ time!

My manager is always thinking about what projects I can get involved in and how I could be rewarded for them too.

I was put on a few projects and it was up to me to drive them. When you have full responsibility of where they’re going to go, you have to be 100% sure that if you make changes, it isn’t going to break the system.

It was also down to me to host multiple meetings and bring certain people together in order to progress to the next stage of a project. Having meetings with senior people can be intimidating, even to this day I have to be prepared for everything!

You have to accept that you’re going to make a mistake and cause problems, it’s the type of job we do. You're not going to be right all the time.

Every single day, there’s something new that surprises us. Every day is different and we’re constantly learning about our applications."

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