On Friday 26th of March, Jim Caulkett and Allan Gaskin spoke to students from Liverpool John Moores University Business School for their session ‘60 minutes with BNY Mellon, in partnership with Northern Power Futures. This session followed on from the Carousel Coffee&Connect run by Northern Power Futures with BNY Mellon colleagues as mentors. Eager to bring opportunities to young people who have been disadvantaged by the pandemic, BNY Mellon’s alliance with Northern Power Futures and their efforts to encourage young people to step into the world of work highlights their ongoing commitment to supporting future talent. 

During their presentation both Jim and Allan went into depth about what BNY Mellon does as a custodian, their work as investment managers and strategists, and how they oversee client assets, providing students with a detailed overview into the fascinating work that they do. 

Regional director of recruitment for BNY Mellon, Valentina Marsh, was also on hand to answer questions from the students at the end of the session, helping to problem solve and myth-bust concerns that young people might have about starting a career in finance. The session served as a great opportunity for Liverpool John Moores University Business School students to get an authentic insight into the reality of working for such an internationally recognised organisation. 

Relationship managers Jim Caulkett and Allan Gaskin spoke of the flexibility that underpins the BNY Mellon graduate recruitment process, as they explained “we don’t have a fixed number of opportunities, as this is down to departmental demand however all roles are advertised on the bank’s website. There is also a career modelling capability which all applicants can explore and this will give more idea of a suitable role and skill sets that map to it”. BNY Mellon also understands the importance of looking past qualifications and experiences, and looking for evidence of softer skills and aptitude. Jim and Allan detailed that “whilst there are qualification entries to roles, we have an excellent blueprint training plan in place for robust onboarding and development. This means that the interview process is very much a hybrid of soft skills and aptitude together with a good understanding of our roles and responsibilities as a global custodian. Alumni from Universities such as LJMU are key partners for recruitment as the skills the students learn both academic and soft are very much aligned to our principles”. 

At Northern Power Futures, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with BNY Mellon, who are taking clear steps to empower the next generation, and we can’t wait to continue championing their commitment to future talent. 

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