After a successful launch in 2014, the Momentum programme commenced for a second year on Thursday 4th June 2015. The programme is a joint venture between two of the biggest global names in banking, Citi and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), alongside the Brokerage Citylink who sourced the candidates.
Momentum is a unique cross-firm mentoring programme designed to foster the advancement of female leadership talent and create impact with undergraduate women aiming for a future career in the industry.
The uniqueness of the scheme is the three-layered approach to mentoring. As a student mentee, each of the 18 female undergraduates on the scheme will be mentored over the next 12 weeks by a female Vice-President/Director at one of the two firms. In turn, the mentor will be mentored themselves by a senior Managing Director-level representative from the other firm.
The mentors from Citi and State Street will meet with their mentee at least six times over the next 12 weeks and will cover business skills, such as CV writing, interviewing and public speaking, as well as personal development skills, including career planning and goal setting, and confidence in the workplace. At the end of the programme, all mentees will write and present a presentation, with the two candidates delivering the best presentations being offered a paid internship.
Bridget Gardiner, Executive Director of The Brokerage Citylink said:
“We are thrilled that our female undergraduate students have the opportunity again to work closely with two of the biggest names in banking. The young people we work with are all from state school backgrounds and, while they have the academic capability and the raw potential to succeed, they are often held back because they lack a network of encouragement, support and knowledge. Female role models are absolutely invaluable for young women, particularly for those aiming towards a future career in what is a still male-dominated industry.”