On Tuesday 27th March, just before the Easter holiday, a group of children and parents from Hollydale Primary School made the trip from Nunhead to the City to visit Fidelity International for an aspiration session.
Having been able to see the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral from the platform of Nunhead station earlier that morning, the group of year 5 and 6 children arrived at Fidelity’s building in the shadow of the cathedral excited about the prospect of visiting the large city offices.
The morning began with an introduction to Fidelity’s work and investment management using chocolates before the group were introduced to Fidelity’s Corporate Curator, Edmund, who has the fascinating job of curating the art on the walls of the company’s offices. The children loved hearing about how a love of art could lead to a career in the city, and were delighted with the gift of a Fidelity print that Edmund gave them to take home.
After a short break, the children and parents explored the world of portfolio management with James, learning how social trends can affect the value of companies that they all recognise. Meeting James gave the children and parents a flavour of investment management, and left them wanting to work for Fidelity in the future.
One child said, “I’d like to work here or somewhere like here when I am older. I think it is a very good place to work.”
The children and parents were then given an opportunity to meet people from across the organisation and ask them questions about their job and background, allowing the children to understand the wide range of roles at Fidelity. This included learning about apprenticeship opportunities, technology, digital and IT – showing that there really is something for everyone.
After being treated to lunch with a room looking directly out onto St Paul’s Cathedral, it was time to head back to school for afternoon lessons. Everyone had a wonderful morning, and left the offices enthusiastic about working in the City when they grow up. Thank you to all at Fidelity for a brilliant morning!