18 Jan 16th January 2018
Dreamcatcher at Moreland, Tuesday 16 January 2018 Douglas Smith Sustainable Investment, Schroders “I work at a company called Schroders, in a building near St Paul’s, so not far from here. We help people manage the money they earn and want to save.” “Put your…
Dreamcatcher at Moreland, Tuesday 16 January 2018
Sustainable Investment, Schroders
“I work at a company called Schroders, in a building near St Paul’s, so not far from here. We help people manage the money they earn and want to save.”
“Put your hand up if you’ve heard of a company called BP or Shell. Lots of you! In my job I talk to companies like those about how they produce energy, trying to get them to invest in wind farms and solar energy, not just oil and gas.”
What do you like most about your job?
“I find it very interesting reading the news each morning, then seeing the news come into my work. Also, the people at Schroders are really helpful and friendly.”
What learning and qualifications did you need?
“Like a lot of people who work for Schroders I went to university. Not everyone – some people get jobs with us straight from school – but I went to a place called Oxford. I got my job at Schroders after that.”
What did you dream of doing when you were at school?
“When I was your age virtually all my friends wanted to be footballers, but I really liked cricket. When England beat Australia for the Ashes I was 10: that got a lot more people into cricket!
“But hopes and dreams are one thing, ability is another. I realised I wouldn’t get into professional sports so I worked hard at school to get into university.”
What dreams do you have for the future?
“I’d really like to work in another country. I had a month in America over a summer when I was still at university; I’d love to go back there. Schroders is in 27 countries, so I could even keep working for them, but in another country.”
“Work hard at what you enjoy. Find something you really like doing – maybe a sport, music, art – and work really hard at it. Obviously you should work hard at school too!”
Doug and his friend Nick just before their final exam at Oxford University.
Doug studied Economics and Management. If he had his time again he might choose Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He’s very interested in how government works and laws get made.