This week we were delighted to welcome back Trinity alumnus Elliot Burnett to the school to speak to the students as part of our Trinity Spotlight Careers Talk series. Elliot is currently Head of Commercial Asset Optimisation UK at Shell, and explained what it is like to work as a trader and what career choices led him there.  

Elliot was Head Boy at Trinity and left the school in 2009. He chose to study History at King’s College London and then took up an undergraduate internship with financial services company J P Morgan. This led to his selection onto their graduate scheme, a move to energy trading and an overseas secondment with another leading energy player. He then spent a period learning wider business skills at the helm of a successful start-up company before moving onto Shell and is current division and role. 

Talking through his own career choices reassured our Fifth Year and Sixth Form students that it is possible to navigate their way to exciting, international and rewarding jobs like his from a variety of A Level subjects and post-Trinity choices, including apprenticeships. 

Students were left with a clear understanding of the excitement, nervous energy and competitive spirit needed as a trader as well as the opportunity for close teamwork and the support of and for colleagues. They were also pleased to hear that this is balanced by a lively social life and scope to develop their customer service and people skills.  

Elliot was a wonderful speaker and brought so much energy, warmth and humour to the session, that it sparked many questions from the students. We hope it has inspired students and given them plenty of material to explore further. 

Thank you to Elliot for giving us his time and to the students for being so engaged in the event.

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