Conor Youell

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Other Industries
Job title: Junior Finance Business Partner
Subject of study: Mathematics with Management
Year of graduation: 2013
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I did a ski season, travelled for 12 months and worked in Finance for 3 different companies in Tech, more specifically data centres.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

It used my strengths of Maths and combined it with my interest in business. I enjoy the people side of my job the most, managing stakeholders and relationships.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Tennis, Intramural Football.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

My programme was very challenging but I made some amazing friends with like minded people, with the biggest highlight being the final push for exams resulting in a 2-1!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The extreme challenge in terms of work difficulty but also high reward once you were able to complete.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Exeter has an amazing reputation and an incredible setting in the south west of the country.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

The problem solving ability but also developing emotional intelligence.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Research and get to know the companies in the industry because they differ massively in terms of culture and vision, so find the ones that are more exciting. The data centre industry is not just full of men in their 40s and 50s anymore! Yondr has tonnes of young people with an almost 50-50 split of men / women.

What are your plans for the future?

Finish my CIMA qualification, then move from Amsterdam to Japan/Singapore for some time, then maybe back to the UK to settle.


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