An Economics and Finance graduate has overcome professional and personal setbacks to land a role with a renowned firm of financial advisers.
Rajveet Kaur Kang couldn't have been happier to start her post as a paraplanner at Chase de Vere earlier this year.
The 23-year-old had previously accepted a job with a banking software firm, but after sitting her finals at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) the company withdrew all graduate offers and imposed a hiring freeze.
More bad luck followed when Raj was involved in a car accident and needed to take a step back from applying for jobs.
Rajveet said: "Every loss or knockback I faced did initially leave me disheartened, but I've come to realise that everything happens for a reason.
"There's always something better coming along. You've just got to keep faith, work hard and always believe in your dreams, which I did, and I can happily say my dreams are coming true."
Rajveet has now recovered from the car accident and is relishing her new job in Girton, Cambridgeshire. She said: "I was so excited when I received the offer, and somewhat relieved that all the hard work over the past few years had paid off and that I was beginning my career with such a renowned company."
Her role includes working closely with private client advisers to deliver advice and ongoing services to prospective, new and existing clients as well as responsibility for researching, analysing and compiling financial planning reports.
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Rajveet said her university experience helped prepare her for the world of work, having chosen to study at DMU because of its modern resources and great modules.
"It was definitely the best fit for me," she said. "The course takes theoretical concepts of economics and applies it, which also drew me in."
In her third year, Rajveet enjoyed a placement as a logistics student within the supply-chain department at BMW MINI.
She said: "There was never a dull moment! I was given real responsibilities to deal with key issues.
"The most memorable aspect was being given the independence to develop a new key process that has now been implemented."
Her course highlight was creating her own portfolio using Bloomsburg software.
She said: "The brief was to manage international stock for a client. This is what investment banking involves, only on a larger scale."
It's harder to pinpoint her university highlight. Rajveet said: "My time at DMU was amazing - the community of friends from my course, the Cocktail Society and the Sikh Society, the invaluable experiences, the skills."
Before graduating with a First last summer, Rajveet enjoyed a final, memorable experience - a trip to New York with #DMUglobal, the university's international experience programme.
She said: "We visited financial institutions such as the Federal Reserve and Bloomsburg Institute. This was great inspiration. It gave me a greater insight of what the future could hold."
Posted on Tuesday 28th February 2017