For 4 years...
No, I joined Athlon initially under an apprenticeship scheme and naturally fell into the role.
Although I didn’t actively seek out a career in FinTech originally, it’s exciting to be surrounded by cutting-edge technologies and being witness to the transformation and disruption of traditional finance.
As a PM, I manage a project from scope through to delivery. My core responsibilities are to manage the tasks led by our internal team and liaise with clients on a day-to-day to ensure the project is progressing smoothly.
I genuinely love the role I am in - it’s challenging and fast paced, there’s never a dull moment. At Athlon, we have exposure to a vast scale of different projects so I am consistently growing and building on my knowledge.
Graduate programmes within the industry would allow younger people to get interested and involved from an earlier age, when they might not be aware of such opportunities.
Individuals should never feel that they are not qualified to do a certain role because of their gender, background, age and so on. For the future of all industries, not just limited to FinTech, it’s fundamental organisations are diverse as this proven to inspire creativity and increase profitability, creating great opportunities for employees.
One of the key reasons why Athlon is a great company to work for is the fact that everyone’s opinion is heard, irrespective of your seniority, identity etc.
Young people are ambitious with fresh, innovative ideas - we are not stuck in our ways and are open to change. Everyone has something valuable to contribute - so should be given the opportunity to be heard.
There’s certainly been an increase in the number of women working in FinTech over the past few years but more can be done to close the gender gap.
Introducing the industry to females at a younger age and ensuring there are more female leaders/success stories will encourage women to pursue a career in FinTech.
The change starts up top.
Of recent, women in the industry are being more and more celebrated which is really positive.
Yes, definitely. It would be encouraging to hear the success stories of female leaders in the industry.
I am working to become more senior within my role and I am ambitious to manage more complex projects and generally grow within the FinTech industry.
Simply, the integration of modern technology and finance. Organisations using technology/software to provide financial services/solve a financial problem.
Be open-minded, seek work experience in a variety of roles to get a feel of what is out there and what might be the best fit for you.
Never rule anything out based on stereotypes but also don’t rush into anything - if something isn’t right-move on.
Have time for your employees, even the most junior staff as they could grow, with your mentoring, to become something great.
Practise an open door policy - allowing employees to seek support when they need it.
Project Manager at Athlon
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