How can the language of music help to decipher the jargon in pensions? Many industries and professionals carry their own technical language (“jargon” for everybody else), so it can be helpful to translate this into more familiar terms.
During her one week internship at Redington, A-level student Antara Roy did just this – read on to see how playing a flute is useful in learning how to prepare a flight plan:
"A passion of mine has always been music; whether it has been listening to my carefully crafted playlists on the way to school or playing my flute in a concert in front of a thousand blurry faces in a crowd. I enjoy the universal language of music and the way in which it can connect so many people in a short space of time. This makes the daily practice of my flute, piano and guitar more entertaining and gratifying. There are some days where finding the motivation is a little harder, however, I have to remind myself that it is the routine practice and dedication which will help me perform to my best of abilities.
I approached my past week at Redington as a challenge; keen to learn about the world of investment consulting and the working world through the eyes of the professionals in a well knit team. Admittedly, I knew very little about the real world or the world of finance and investments before this week. So, when faced with this new (and slightly intimidating) situation, I began to draw parallels between my familiar routine and values I observed within my week at Redington.
From my brief time at Redington it became clear how well I saw the teams working together in sync. The different sections of the office reminded me of the different sections of the orchestra, with each division working together to perfect their part, the overall objective unified in everyone’s mind; to play the piece as well as they possibly can. One must really appreciate the importance of teamwork when participating in an orchestra; if you have ever heard an out of tune second flute marching through Brahms German Requiem whilst the rest of the orchestra is playing Mozart, you too would have a much greater appreciation for this. However, through my observations this week I believe that everyone at Redington has similar appreciations in their own different ways.
Throughout this week I have been lucky enough to witness the different stages of a presentation, watching Neha and Patrick working to present as one would practice and refine their piece for an important concert. In both situations the objective is the same, to present yourself/Redington as well as you can through preparation and hard work. In the same way, the passion with which a presentation is to be delivered is the same passion that must be seen when one practices for a solo in an orchestra.
On my first day at Redington, conversations around me seemed as though they were being spoken in a foreign language. Upon writing down every acronym or financial term I came across on an extensive list and spending half a day researching their definitions and contexts, I found myself slightly more confident. I was still unsure as to what was going on around me, but simply feeling more familiar with the concept of hedging or a flight plan helped greatly. The language of music, familiar to me over many years, still makes much greater sense to me than the many acronyms used within Redington and the world of finance. However, this first time exposure over a week to the financial world has been incredibly interesting and valuable. I look forward to potentially appreciating the world of finance and investments as I do in my world of music."