I had my career plan mapped out when I was 21. I’d just finished my law degree, and I was heading to the London School of Economics to complete my Masters in International Human Rights Law. I’d then go on to complete a doctorate and become a Professor, with my end dream being teaching students, as well as acting as a consultant to the UN on International Law. It may sound ambitious, but I was brimming with confidence and excited about the future. But when came to Standard Chartered on a work placement for a six-week project, everything changed.
During those six weeks I met and worked with more interesting, diverse people than I’d ever come across before. I was trusted to lead on interesting and impactful project work and, importantly for me, I felt I was actually working in a place which made a real difference to the parts of the world I’d studied through my humanitarian and human rights legal studies. When I was offered a contract extension, I put my aspirations of heading back into academia on hold.