Jordan Skilling

  • Current role: Commodities Trade Support Analyst
  • Year of graduation: 2014
  • Degree course: Physics BSc

Jordan SkillingBefore discovering my preference towards the more mathematical side of Physics I originally wanted to study Astrophysics. Having a university which had access to its own observatory was a major plus.

We asked Jordan...

What is your current role and how did you get to this point in your career?

I am a Commodities Trade Support Analyst for Morgan Stanley and I am responsible for ensuring that commodities trades are accurately booked and valued. After graduating I applied for a similar role at Bank of America Merrill Lynch at their offsite location in Chester. After spending three years there I moved down to London to work for Morgan Stanley.

How did your studies at the University of Hertfordshire help shape your career?

It provided me with the relevant logical thinking skills in order to handle life in investment banking.

What made you decide to study at this University?

Before discovering my preference towards the more mathematical side of Physics I originally wanted to study Astrophysics. Having a university which had access to its own observatory was a major plus.

What was the best or most useful thing about your course?

Learning to grapple with abstract ideas in order to fully understand them and making accurate but summarised notes of topics whilst maintaining their clarity many months down the road.

What is your stand out memory from your time at the University?

Many funny days laughing with housemates.

Are you still in contact with friends you met at the University of Hertfordshire?

I keep in contact with a couple of friends from university however with each of us living so far away it can be a challenge.

What advice would you give your younger self if you were starting at the University tomorrow?

Separate your work area from your relaxation area. I did this in my final year, only working in the library, and even though I would spend anywhere from 2-6 hours per day, the separation made my life much less stressful.

Do you have any advice for University of Hertfordshire graduates who are considering a career in your industry?

Consider the company's off-site location (outside of London). These are fantastic ways of getting your foot in the door and giving you the opportunity to learn a wide range of processes which can only be a benefit when you enter the London finance world.

What are your future career plans/ ambitions?

Constantly continuing to develop within the commodities sector.

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