An Evening at the Financial Times

Copies of the English edition of the Financial Times are handed out at the central station in Hamburg, Germany, 07 December 2012. After 13 years, the FTD sells its final issue. Photo: Bodo Marks


Yesterday I spent the evening around brilliant women who have gotten to where they are as a result of being proactive and persevering. From Personal Finance Editor of FT Money to Natalie Holt being the first Female Editor at Money Marketing in 29 years, there was an array of inspirational women on the panel.

Women on the panel had varying stories about how they stormed through their careers in finance and journalism regardless of obvious obstacles such as having children during their career, the wage difference between men and women and the general battle of being a woman in a business world that can be quite male dominant.

All of the women on the panel taught me the importance of being bold and not being afraid of what they say. They also taught me how much we as women undersell ourselves.

There were many useful tips to take away from the event. When the panel were asked what advice they would  had given themselves 10 years ago about money and personal finance, the answers went a bit like this:

“Buy another house!”

“Put more into your pension.”

“Considering the job I did, ask for 10 grand more.”

“Be strong and persistent.”

“Do your own thing.”

“Start your own website like Martin Lewis (creator of MoneySavingExpert) !” (I guess Refined Currency are doing something right then!)

“I wish I worked part time.”


While there were many more takeaways from yesterday, here are some of my favourite quotes:

“Don’t be afraid to  share your achievements.” – Claer Barrett, Personal Finance Editor of Financial Times @ClaerB

“Never be scared to adjust your CV.” @ClaerB

“You are the architect of your own career.”

“Women are more guilty of underselling themselves than men.”

“Who hasn’t had a money problem?” (Good to know we’ve all been there!)

“If you’re scared of getting a new job that’s a GOOD thing. It means you’re being stretched to challenge yourself.”

“Surround yourself with people you respect and admire and people you can learn from.”


Yesterday’s event has taught me to be more un-apologetically myself and to have more fun with my career. With hard work, perseverance and networking I don’t see why we can’t all get to where we want to be.


This post was written by Bola

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