Supporting veterans and service leavers into careers in finance

Recognising the interest in financial services as a second career for many veterans, the Forces Employment Charity ran a Careers in Finance Day in February, bringing together over 16 organisations to give a snapshot of their industry…

Lucy Heaver, Senior Manager, Executive Services and Employer Partnerships, shares more about the successes of our recent Careers in Finance event sponsored by Citi.

Why it matters

Our recent event aimed to provide Service Leavers with a complete overview of the Financial Services Sector, as this industry continues to be one of the most popular options for veterans when leaving the Armed Forces.

How did it go?

In developing this day, we brought 16 banks together in the same room for the first time to talk about their military programmes, what they offer, how they differentiate from others, their timelines for applications to the programmes and other available direct entry opportunities. This offered the 60 Service leavers and veterans interested in careers in finance the chance to understand the structure of a bank and the different roles available to them and hear directly from veterans already embedded within the bank about their journey and transition out of the Armed Forces.

The event enabled delegates to directly compare different banks, identify which bank/programme would suit them best, and engage with the military programme leaders and HR partners during the networking session.

We had 35 speakers across the day imparting valuable insight, advice and guidance to Service Leavers and veterans from across the Armed Forces community. These included Ian Rand, CEO of Monument and FEC Trustee, Michael Cole Fontayn, Patron of City Veterans CIC, and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.

A resounding success

The day offered delegates a chance to hear from a variety of speakers and the ability to speak to personnel from different banks. We hope that this is just the beginning of a wider initiative to collaborate and support Service Leavers and veterans from the industry. Without this generosity, wider team support and the help of the venue team, the day would not have been possible.


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