Michael Griffith-Dixon 

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Investment/Portfolio management
Job title: Investment Analyst
Subject of study: Economics and Politics / International Management
Year of graduation: 2016
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught, Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Freedom Asset Management Limited 

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

I left Exeter 2017 and worked in London for two tech companies. One was a software company which created workflow software for universities to use in medical trials. The second job was for an advertising technology company which did online video advertising, mainly connected TV. I left in 2020 when Covid hit to move back to Guernsey, where I grew up. I was an Operations Manager at the time and doing well but I wanted a career change and to move away from London. Since I have an Economics degree and Guernsey has a big finance sector I secured a job as a junior analyst in Guernsey and haven’t looked back. I find my job now more intellectually fulfilling as it is closer to my interests in economics and world affairs. Reading the FT is work now and not a hobby. 

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

As mentioned above I enjoy the intellectual nature of the job. Understanding the world and global markets is actually useful to work, and I can have stimulating conversations with colleagues. My work is very varied and I learn a lot everyday. I still have to study for exams which is interesting but hard work, the future salary I hope makes up for the effort. 

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

I love my 4 years at Exeter, I studied by my undergraduate and Masters at Exeter. I was Treasurer of the Table Tennis club and Tournament Officer of Pokémon society. I played Tennis but not as much as I should have, played a bit of football with the politics societies too. And an avid XTV member where I met my current partner. 

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

Meeting lots of great people. It’s amazing to study at a university with lots of intelligent and interesting people. Also the Strategy module on International Management was very cool, running the simulated shoe company was fun. 

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Meeting amazing people. Living in Exeter was great fun and I genuinely enjoyed my course. 

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Probably the best university in the world. The campus is lovely, very green and easy to walk around. Good reputation.

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

Be patient, don’t just jump at the first job offer. Also, don’t be afraid to start your career again even if it puts you back on salary compared to peers, it will be worth it in the long run. 

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

Look at qualifications like CFA or the Investment Management Certificate as you can start them whilst at uni. There are jobs outside of London too. 

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to be a portfolio manager in the future. I’m currently studying for my CFA Charter but once I finish I will consider if I want to be an equity or fixed income specialist etc. 


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