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Emily Srebotnjak

BNY Mellon Investment Management

Editorial Writer

Graduate

Why do you enjoy your job?

I enjoy my job because no week is ever the same, and reflecting back on my time here so far, I’ve learned so much since I first started with this role. My role is heavily involved around investment writing, which includes interviewing fund managers and analysts on the latest investment trends and also their predictions for the future. I also have ability to pitch story ideas on different finance/investment ideas that interest me, such as millennial and consumer spending habits and emerging markets. Since I studied multimedia journalism in school, my team has also encouraged me to use my previous broadcast knowledge and help with podcasts and videos to move our work in more of a digital direction. With my communication skills, I’ve also had the opportunities to travel to help with conferences and represent my team through visiting other offices in different countries to build stronger team relationships.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Sometimes when writing an article, I can envision what I want to say in my head but feel like I don't convey it as strongly over text. I really want what I publish to be clear, make sense and educate others, so if I feel my words aren’t doing that in the way I want them to, I need to start over. Luckily my experienced team is always very helpful in regards to making great editorial suggestions and editing my work.

How did you get into your job?

I had just finished my Master’s degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Westminster. Since I’m originally from Canada, I debated going back home but thought I’d benefit from gaining full time work experience in London versus part time work and internships I’ve had in the past. When I saw the job description for my current role, I thought it seemed quite different in comparison to other editorial job listings. The job sounded as if I’d be working in a newsroom with the roles it included, but instead it was within an investment management office for one of the world’s top asset managers, which I thought was so interesting and unique. After a couple rounds of interviews and a written assignment, I found out I got the job and couldn’t have been happier. I also hadn’t heard of the Investment20/20 programme before getting the job, so I’m glad I know a lot more about it now and can recommend it to others.

What are your future aspirations?

My passion has always been broadcast journalism, so I’d still like to pursue that, but working in the financial industry has given me so much knowledge and appreciation for the business world, so I would love the opportunity to work for a business broadcaster at some point in the future such as Bloomberg or BBC Business news.

How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?

Rewarding! I couldn’t think of a better learning experience as a first job out of university. I didn’t know much about the world of investing/this industry as a whole when first starting, but I feel very grateful to have learned as much as I have and am confident that what I’ve learned will help me in future endeavours.

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