Kate T.

Financial Crime Subject Matter Expert
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About me

Kate T.
Psychology
Psychology
Undergraduate
Vanbrugh
2010
United Kingdom

My employment

Financial Crime Subject Matter Expert
Eukleia Training Ltd
United Kingdom
Finance and consultancy
Medium-size business (50-249 employees)
2014

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A day in the life of a Financial Crime Subject Matter Expert in the United Kingdom

From Psychology to a Big 4 firm, and now trying to teach bankers how to be compliant (argh!)

What I do

I work as a subject matter expert at a Risk, Governance and Compliance training firm.

What??

Ok, so in the financial world there are hundreds of laws and regulations that financial institutions (banks, hedge funds, insurance companies, etc) have to comply with. They don't just have to make sure they abide by the rules, they also have to make sure all of their staff are knowledgable about those rules and know how they can personally help the firm to comply and "do the right thing" both for the customer and for the integrity of financial markets.

I specialise in the law and regulation surrounding financial crime - that's money laundering, sanctions compliance, fraud and bribery to name but a few.

I spend half of my time out at different banks running classroom sessions about these responsibilities and laws, and I spend my other half of the day in the office. Keeping up to speed with the changes in laws and enforcement cases, and writing content for online courses that banks roll out annually to all of their staff

Skills I use and how I developed them

Presentation skills are key - you have 30 disengaged traders in a room who don't care less about Anti-money laundering law... So keeping them focuses and engaged is key. The ONLY way to get better at presenting is to do it more - even if you hate it!

What I like most

The work is varied - I meet different clients all the time who have different needs. I worked in a bank for a short time and I couldn't bear sitting at the same desk doing the same task all day and not meeting anyone new

What I like least

The customer is always right... You can spend weeks on a project and the client change their mind about what they want at the last minute. You have to be tolerant and flexible, even when that's not easy

What surprised me most

I had no idea this is where I'd end up. I never thought I'd work in the city or in the financial world... It was just a path of a number of decisions.

How I looked for work

Apply for internships at the start of your 2nd year for a 2nd year summer internship. The competition is smaller so you have a greater chance of being accepted. I got an internship at EY and that was the making of me... They offered me a placement on their grad scheme for after I'd graduated so I didn't waste time in my 3rd year looking for jobs instead of focusing on exams

How I found out about the job

Online jobs board

My career goals when I graduated

Get a job... any job!

My career history

I left York and started on the EY Risk graduate programme.

After two years, and securing my accountancy qualification I moved into the Financial Crime Advisory team, as I found the subject very interesting. Another two years on and I decided to move into the banking world.

Worst. Decision. Ever.

It was so dull...so I got on with it and in my spare time looked for something else and found my ideal role as a Financial Crime Subject Matter Expert and Trainer at Eukleia.

What has helped my career to progress

Don't be shy and retiring. Take all opportunities and find the benefit in them. I had to work in the arse-end of nowhere in Delaware State for 6 months on a nightmare project. I made friends in New York and key contacts there so if I ever want to move there I can :-)

Also, do every qualification a company offers - if it's free (i.e they're paying) then all it takes is your time and it could be invaluable later on on your CV.

Courses taken since graduation

ACCA (chartered certified accountant)
CISI Diploma in Investment Compliance
ICA Certificate in Trade Based Money Laundering

My advice to students considering work

Work hard and take a job even if it doesn't sound like your "dream job"... I don't know many new grads who walk into their dream career straight away. It's about starting somewhere and then moving into the areas that interest you more and more.

My advice about working in my industry

Be confident, speak up or you won't be heard, but also be grateful. If you get a job at a big four firm it doesn't mean you're invincible, there are 100,0000 other grads who would happily take your place so don't get too big for your boots too early

Next steps...

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