WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards are now in their fourth year.
The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 20 different industries and professions.
Over the year’s, the awards have recognised 400 women across the UK and India.
In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a Rising Star award.
We spoke with Emma Clarke, who won a 2017 Rising Star Award in Investment Management.
Emma joined Beaufort Investment as a Senior Analyst in August 2016. Prior to joining Beaufort Investment, Emma was Senior Investment Analyst at Mazars Financial Planning. Emma has held several investment roles within discretionary fund management firms including; Wellian Investment Solutions, Ashcourt Rowan Asset Management (now Tilney Group), Heartwood Wealth Management and Jupiter Asset Management.
Emma is a Chartered Member of the Securities Institute and a member of the CFA UK Society. She holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the CISI Certificate of Professionalism.
How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a Rising Star award?
Unbelievably humbled! It is one of the greatest achievements of my career.
Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the Rising Star awards?
Since my WATC award recognition, I have been approached and have contributed to various trade magazines.
In November 2017, I won the award for ‘Fund Analyst of the Year’ in Investment Week’s Women in Investment Awards. I was also selected as one of the PAM ‘Top 40 Under 40’ and was a Finalist in the Women in Finance Awards for the Wealth Manager category.
I’m delighted to be a finalist again in the Women in Investment Awards. This time for ‘Fund Selector of the Year 2018’.
Inspired by last year’s WATC award, I have continued to run a study group at Beaufort Investment which is specific to investments and operations exams, and I’m delighted that many of our group pass their exams first time. I also enjoy mentoring junior members of the investment team and take great satisfaction watching their investment careers develop.
What advice would you give to someone else going through our award’s process?
I think it’s important to always be yourself and have a real passion for what you do. Use examples of real life experiences and how they’ve helped you achieve your goals.
What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?
I don’t believe there is one top tip. Be prepared to work hard, set objectives and exceed them. Build a network of investment professionals that you can learn from and go to for support. It is important to believe in yourself and to develop your skill set throughout your career. Never stop learning.