I currently work as a Product Operations Lead at TrueLayer (an Open Banking fintech startup) in London. TrueLayer was my first job post Oxford MBA and I joined the company over 2 years ago as a Business Operations Analyst when there were only 10 other employees. We’ve now grown to about 150 people and I’ve been able to experience firsthand what it’s like to scale rapidly! I’ve also been able to carve out my own career path within the business and am now building out a new function to support the global expansion of our products!
My background prior to the MBA was in accounting and investment finance at large corporates in South Africa. During the MBA however, I focused on social impact and entrepreneurship as these were the two areas I was most passionate about (and the reason why I chose Saïd Business School!). Two things during the MBA peaked my interest in fintech: 1) the GOTO project topic “The future of work” and 2) attending the very first fintech elective in London. Both of these opportunities opened my eyes to the innovation and impact possible in this space.
The reality is that making the jump from an experienced investment professional in SA to the first ops hire at a tech startup in London wasn’t easy…but it was possible! And the MBA definitely played its part in helping me get there.
Here are some tips for you (that helped me):
Good luck and feel free to “leverage the network” and get in touch if you have any questions!
I do get a lot of messages in my LinkedIn inbox but try my best to respond to all of them, knowing what it’s like being on the other side.
Gerisha Nadaraju, Oxford MBA class of 2016-17Back to top of article