SSMA Blog: Banking and Finance Award Winner Suet Au Discusses Her Achievements So Far

Suet Au is studying Management with Finance at the University of Warwick. She has accumulated work experience with J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Aon and Nomura. She is passionate about emboldening other young women to develop their skills and self-confidence, especially in male-dominated fields such as programming; she has been involved in mentoring initiatives and Code First: Girls.

Suet received the Banking and Finance Award at the Student Social Mobility Awards 2018.

Tell us a bit about your journey to winning a Student Social Mobility Award.

Having set my eyes on a career in investment, I worked hard to achieve my GCSEs and A-Levels, and am currently on track for a First in my Bachelor’s degree in Management with Finance at Warwick. Accumulating work experience since high school, I have been fortuitous to have been an intern at KPMG, winning their ‘Business Game’, as well as within Private Banking and Treasury Services at JP Morgan. Recruited for the Goldman Sachs Trader Academy, I participated in their Trading Simulation, developing my understanding of commodities and trading. Now on a placement year at Aon, I am honing my proficiencies in consultancy and will continue to work towards my goal this summer, as an Investment Banking intern at Nomura.

How does it feel to be recognised?

I’m overjoyed to have won this award. On a personal level, it’s a tremendous honour to be recognised for my progress in banking and finance in such an iconic setting and with so many inspiring people. But on a broader note, it’s even more wonderful to have the core aim of social mobility being acknowledged and re-affirmed. The award shows that many of us continue to care about giving people from disadvantaged backgrounds equal opportunities and that certainly means something very special to me.

What does social mobility mean to you?

Social mobility has always been a cause close to my heart. I come from modest means and so from a young age I have felt a shared responsibility to do my part. I owe an immense debt of gratitude to my parents, for their continued support with what I do. I would like others to be given the same freedom and confidence to try new avenues, and have got involved in a range of initiatives such as mentoring and outreach programmes to this end.

What advice would you give to students just starting out at university?

Studying at university opens up so many opportunities to meet amazing people and get involved in an endless amount of extra-curricular activities. I would definitely encourage everybody to engage in what university has to offer, but do not feel pressured to join every society, or attend every conference, purely because everybody else is. University might be overwhelming to begin with, but choose things that matter to you and you will find the most value there.

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