Alicia Morton

Aylsham High School: 9GCSE’s A*-C

Paston: English Lit/Lang C, Performing Arts B

Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge: 2:1 with Honours

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
I work for Lloyds Banking Group in London, I started off as a cashier in Cambridge branch after leaving uni and I have spent the last 3 years working my way up through the business. 

What is a ‘typical day at work like?
1 hour and a half commute into London from Kent, I work 8.30-4.30 in the office, my day often consists of reading/replying to e-mails on behalf of my directors. Organising their busy day to day schedules, booking in meetings and arranging travel. I will also go to some meetings with them and get involved in various different projects/roadshows. I go to the gym 5 days a week and I have a gym in my work building, this is great because I can go to the gym in my lunch break. I am only going so frequently as I am training for an event.

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
The main course that I went to pursue from my studies was performing arts. I went on to do my degree in performing arts and it is still something I am very passionate about. When I left university my plan was to work in the bank for 6-12 months, build up some cash behind me and then look to find a career in the arts elsewhere. As you can see it hasn’t quite worked out that way, I have enjoyed my time at Lloyds as a company and I have a 5 year plan in place to get me to where I want to be in 5 years time within the company. I still enjoy going to dance classes and the theatre in my spare time however I do feel those fundamental skills that I learned in studying an arts subject have been hugely beneficial in every role I have had in the bank. The arts give you invaluable people skills, creativity and the ability to work collaboratively with other people in a team as well as alone.
What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job? 
My communication and networking skills I must say have been key in making me successful in what I do. Communication plays a big part in my day to day role as I am liaising with key stakeholders from external companies and across the business, I am also in situations where often I am discussing something confidential or speaking to someone who is my senior and I need to know how to flex my communication style with each individual. And networking does what it says on the tin, getting to know people, making connections and keeping them. Often in my line of work it comes down to who you know rather than what you know more often!

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston? No, complete career change but I am happy and I love what I do.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

I graduated in 2012 and during that summer I was privileged enough to be selected to dance in the London 2012 opening ceremony for the Olympics. I was one of the nurses dancing in the NHS part and yes I do still have my costume. After that I got my job as a Cashier in the October of 2012 and worked in the same branch in Cambridge until my move to London at the beginning of 2014. I stayed living in Cambridge in a shared house with my friends from uni.

"I graduated in 2012 and during that summer I was privileged enough to be selected to dance in the London 2012 opening ceremony for the Olympics. "