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Grant K.

Personal Statement

Through utilisation of interpersonal and communication skills, my aim is to achieve a

successful career in financial services.

Education and Qualifications

• 2005 – 2009 University of Birmingham

Degree: 2:1 Geography (BA Hons)

• 1998 – 2005 Jewish Free School (JFS), Kenton, Harrow

A Levels: Economics (A), Geography (B), English Language and
Literature (C)
GCSE’S 9 (A - C)

Financial Work Experience

June 2007: Dresdner Kleinwort; Investment Bank (Loans Division) – Work Experience

• Worked as part of a team researching potential investments

• Shadowed meetings with existing / potential clients, developing bargaining
and technical skills
• Developed critical research techniques analysing industries and markets

Other Work Experience

August – September 2008: Barrie Tankel Partnership – Work Experience

• Worked as a part of a small team of quantity surveyors

• Shadowed team at various internal and external meetings
• Learnt use of digitising machines
• Organised and accessed quotations from contractors

It was during this experience that I cemented my ambition to work in property as I became
fascinated with the construction process and taught me how communication and
organisational skills are so imperative to be a success

Here, I learnt of the dynamics behind creating a successful portfolio for money management
and critical thinking

June – July 2008: Spektacle Solutions ltd – Directors Assistant

• Helped set-up, design and organise new store

• Marketing experience through brochure and advert design and promotional
• Designed business website

This involved working to set up a new family retail business as dispensing opticians,
developing my understanding for the successful creation of a new business

June – August 2006: Camp America; Surprise Lake New York, Golf Specialist/Relief

• Member of the “specialist team”. Responsible for managing a number of

group activities ranging for children aged between 7 – 15 years. Activities
included arts and crafts, sports and adventure (wall climbing and rope
• Planned and managed a mini-golf tournament and organised field trips for
camp members to a local golf course

• Held a “relief counsellor” I was the first point of contact for campers help and
care throughout their three month stay
The camp strengthened my leadership, interpersonal, communicative and creative skills.

April 2004: Cumberland Ellis-Piers, City of London law firm – Work Experience

• Attended court as an observer

• Assisted secretary and junior employees in their day-to-day activities
• Worked in accounting office, which included creating worksheets for financial

The role taught me the importance of team work in a pressured environment

2003 – 2004: Young Enterprise, 6th Form Project, Director of Sales

• Management of sales team, including production and marketing departments

• Responsible for market demands and product availability
• Produced weekly trade reports for meetings

The sales position taught me that determination, hard work and enthusiasm are essential to
company success

2004: Math Tutor

• During this year I tutored a neighbour in Maths for exam preparation

2002 / 2005: The Queen’s Crescent Opticians (vacation work)

• Customer-facing role which included greeting customers to the shop and

scheduling appointments both face-to-face and on the telephone
• Operating lens cutting machinery manufacturing glasses
• Designed business website

In this role I have developed the importance of being an active listener and taking a dynamic
approach to different situations

Additional Skills

Languages: French (Basic) Hebrew (Basic)

IT: Highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office, basic video / music editing skills and skilled in
Abode Photoshop

Full UK driving license - Clean

Further activities, Interests and Positions of Responsibility

• “Student Officer” (Prefect) during Sixth Form; responsible for safety of

students, acted as student ambassador during school visits and acted as
mentor to student body
• I ran the British 10k run in London in 2005, raising money for the “Get Kids
Going” foundation
• represented school in regional competition due to skills in mathematics and
• Awards in Geography and French

Referees Canon T. Slater, Mr. T. Miller

School of Geography, JFS
University of Birmingham The Mall
Birmingham Kenton, Middlesex
B15 2TT HA3 9TE
020 8206 3100 0121 414 5534

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