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MICHAEL RYAN

Aviva Investors

Relationship Management Consultant

School Leaver

Why do you enjoy your job?

My current role is in the UK Wholesale team as a Relationship Management Consultant. Alongside a Business Development Director I work to win clients and maintain relationships with existing clients. This includes producing reports, monitoring holdings, creating charts and tables, handling client queries, attending client meetings and searching for opportunities. The great thing about my job is client interaction as well as analysing data which involves a more technical application. Aviva Investors also offers great opportunities across the business allowing further development, exposure and progression which is thanks both to the company and my mentor.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

The most challenging thing about my job is dealing with client requests on short deadlines. Every request is unique, and sometimes it can be difficult to source the correct person and have the request resolved within the deadline.

How did you get into your job?

Throughout sixth form I was clear I didn’t want to go to university. I was informed about the Investment20/20 scheme by a careers adviser, and after applying for various jobs in the City in both the insurance and asset management industry I decided that the Investment20/20 scheme at Aviva Investors was the best place for me to begin.

What are your future aspirations?

I would ideally like to be offered a permanent position at Aviva Investors. My role is rotational, therefore I would like to experience each department before deciding which career I want to pursue.

How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?

The Investment20/20 experience has been extremely positive. There are few other opportunities to enter the asset management industry, and Investment20/20 gives great guidance and advice on starting your role. Investment20/20 regularly hosts Industry Insight events and workshops which give you the chance to develop key skills and understanding of the industry. There are also social events which encourage networking and mixing with other trainees, creating relationships which could become invaluable as we progress in the industry.

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