Katherine graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. Given her atypical academic focus for the finance world, her career path wasn’t as clearly defined as some of her counterparts at Georgetown’s McDonough Business School. Katherine supplemented her concentration with summer internships in banking to test the waters and quickly realized she wanted a future in the industry.
Why Katherine chose the Analyst Program
As she comes from a non-technical background, Katherine knew she needed an entry-level program with breadth and scope. The ability to try three distinct areas of the Lloyds Bank business was appealing, as it allowed her to quickly identify the skills she needed to hone, what products she would like to explore further and what personalities she worked best with. Given Lloyds Bank is growing its presence in the US, Europe and parts of Asia, Katherine felt it was an exciting time to join the organization and to have the opportunity to grow from both a career and personal development standpoint.
Katherine joined Lloyds Bank in June 2014 and has since rotated across Trade Finance, Consumer & Services and the Interest Rate Swaps desk within Capital Markets. Katherine has identified that Lloyds Bank has “a well-rounded culture whereby colleagues are encouraged to engage in workshops and discussions in order to network with other co-workers.”
“I have participated in many of these functions over the past year, including a Millennial focus group looking at behavioral patterns across generations, a Diversity & Inclusion forum focused on the value of age, gender and ethnic diversity in the workplace, as well as a mentorship program with a senior member outside my direct team,” she said.
“While the work on the Analyst Program is demanding, management has made it a priority to complement the rigorous hours with extra-curricular offerings in order to help colleagues strike a work/life balance.”