It All Adds Up Programme, Mathematics @
University of Oxford
My educational choices and pursuits have served to fortify my passion for economics, and finance. Further to this, my academia to date has resulted in achieving consistently high grades (10A* 2A at GCSE level) and I was proud to be admitted to the highly selective IGGY programme (International Gateway for Gifted Youth), whereby the top 5%
My educational choices and pursuits have served to fortify my passion for economics, and finance. Further to this, my academia to date has resulted in achieving consistently high grades (10A* 2A at GCSE level) and I was proud to be admitted to the highly selective IGGY programme (International Gateway for Gifted Youth), whereby the top 5% of participants who have taken a series of standardised IQ, psychometric and aptitude tests are enrolled.
As part of my education I also undertook the optional Young Enterprise Qualification, in which I was tasked with planning and later orchestrating the start up of a small company (culminating in a 546% profit margin for the trading period). Through the project I further honed my research, communicating and planning skills, in addition to developing other ways of analysing and conveying information.
Outside of my compulsory education, I have sought to broaden my knowledge of current affairs and culture, by attending a number of public lectures given at LSE and UCL in addition to learning Russian in my spare time.
Student Ambassador @ Responsible for promoting Pre-University events provided by Morgan Stanley and highlighting the benefits of attending such programmes with students attending Alton College. From November 2015 to Present (2 months) London, United KingdomIST Simulation Competitor @ I took part in BP's 2015 IST (Commodity Trading) simulation, buying and selling a range of commodities - including; rice, fish and beans. During the sped-up 12 week period, I managed a fictional portfolio, responding to external shocks and taking long positions to maximise P&L. From September 2015 to September 2015 (1 month) London, United KingdomTraders Trophy Competitor @ Participated in Citi's Traders Trophy Competition. During the simulation, I took the role of the trader in charge of the 'Int Cons Airline Grp' cash equity product - responding to buy/sell requests from fictional traders at Blackstone, SEB and UniCredit. I accumulated a total of 84,426 GBp P&L for the period. From September 2015 to September 2015 (1 month) London, United KingdomFirst Step Programme @ Over the course of the three-day programme I was given various responsibilities and roles, in addition to participating in a range of actives, which include;
• Presenting a discussion on a current economic issue; ‘Will India’s economy ever be as stable China’s?’
• Actively participating with a dominant role in a Corporate Infrastructure Simulation.
• Gaining a greater insight and awareness of Current Regulations, which affect the day-to-day operations of an Investment Bank.
• Getting to know a range of Nomura’s employees (from first year Analysts to Managing directors). From March 2015 to March 2015 (1 month) London, United KingdomStep In, Step Up Programme @ This three-day insight program provided an in-depth introduction into investment banking alongside a comprehensive overview of how various firm roles interact with one another (from front office to back office, and everything in between).
Given the opportunity to pitch a new innovative design for a printing device in front of Senior Operations director, in addition to presenting the merge of Occado with Morrisons in front of IBD Managing Director and team. From February 2015 to February 2015 (1 month) Retail Sales Assistant @ During my time at Monsoon Accessorize I have been responsible for advising and assisting customers, in addition to resolving queries alongside helping to promote the brand.
Further to this, I have been tasked with managing stock levels, demonstrating and explaining the newly implemented online ordering interface to customers whilst also conveying feedback gained from shoppers to the management team. From September 2014 to January 2015 (5 months) Work Experience Programme @ The programme provided me with an opportunity to gain some hands-on experience, developing my knowledge of banking and financial services. Within this I gained an insight into the private and wealth management divisions of HSBC: working alongside senior members of the team advising clients on the various products and services offered by the firm. From November 2014 to November 2014 (1 month) Insight Day @ Gaining an insight into the following divisions: Audit, Tax and Advisory. Alongside this, I conducted strategic and performance analysis of a existing firm our our choice, identifying it's competitive strengths, potential future innovations, along with taking into consideration the company's financial position and future growth expectations for the firm. I was then tasked with presenting my findings to a panel of experts within the advisory and consultancy industry. From October 2014 to October 2014 (1 month) Insight Day @ During my PwC insight day, I was given the opportunity to lead a group of four people as a team of urban planners: having been given the task to priorities five development projects which we felt best satisfied the needs of the growing population. We considered how well each facility met the social, environmental and healthcare needs of the community.
Having settled on our five, we were informed by the group leader that we only had enough funding for three projects, we therefore had to revise our choices and finally present our ideas to the class. From October 2014 to October 2014 (1 month) Insight Day @ Gaining an insight into Audit, tax and advisory. From October 2014 to October 2014 (1 month) 'Challenge the Bank of England' Event @ Participating in an discussion panel held by the Bank of England where participants are given the opportunity to challenge members of the Bank of England by asking questions.
Topics discussed include; The extent of which the Bank of England is able to provide accurate financial forecasts, the risk involved in communicating with the public via social media (e.g Twitter) and the effect that Bitcoin has on the global market.
Members of the Bank of England who attended the discussion include; Jumana Saleheen (Manager of the Global Analysis Team), Paul Fisher (Deputy Head of Prudential Regulations Authority), Mark Robinson (previous director of Barclays Foreign Exchange Research Team), Victoria Clealand (Head of Notes Division) Stephen Brown and John Ford. From October 2014 to October 2014 (1 month) London, United KingdomModel @ I have taken part in a series of photo shoots in Norwich and London with a range of photographers, props and outfits - on my own and with other professional models. From November 2011 to September 2014 (2 years 11 months)
A Levels, Mathematics @ Alton College From 2014 to 2016 It All Adds Up Programme, Mathematics @ University of Oxford From 2015 to 2015 GCSEs, 12 GCSEs including Mathematics, English and German @ Frensham Heights From 2012 to 2014 Milindi Pole is skilled in: Photography, Fashion, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Project Accounting, Project Management, Textiles, German, Social Media, Microsoft Office, Management
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