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Lloyds Banking Group supports a ‘Returners Programme’ dedicated to talented professionals like you who have taken a break from your career and are now ready to return to work. Recognising that the transition can sometimes be a challenge, this programme is designed specifically with you in mind.
I joined LBG on the 2018 Returner’s Programme, spending the 16 weeks of the programme in Markets Operations, and then moving to LBCM Business Management in January 2019 where I focus on Customer Experience.
Back in the last century when men wore ties and those few women who were in the City wore shoulder pads, I worked as a Eurobond Dealer managing an FRN Investment Portfolio and trading Sterling and Aussie Dollar Bonds, Options and Futures. I then moved into Asset Management where I was Head of Dealing covering an extensive range of products and markets on a best execution basis.
After starting my family I returned to the City but after a couple of years decided that I wanted to spend more time with my daughter and made the tough decision to change my career to enable this to happen.
I qualified as a Montessori Nursery Teacher and then after further training, as a Montessori Primary Teacher. I became involved in the Montessori Schools Association (MSA), becoming Regional Chair of the East Anglia Region.
When my daughter decided she too wanted to pursue a career in the city via an apprenticeship programme, I decided to reach out to some of my old contacts. One of these happened to work at Lloyds and told me about the Returner’s programme. On a whim I thought I would apply and the rest, as they say, is history!
I had been away from the corporate market for over 16 years and I never dreamt I would be back in the City, albeit in a very different guise to before. There has been plenty of support and some great training sessions for personal improvement that were invaluable, interesting and inspiring. I was concerned about how much had changed in the lifetime I was away – especially technology – but I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people who took the time to help me settle in and appreciated the transferable skills that I was bringing with me.
I absolutely love it and I could never have done it without LBG and the Returner’s Programme.