Adam & Company | Anna McCready

In the BWS Hot Seat

Q: What was your dream job when you were growing up?

I confess that I was incredibly indecisive when I was growing up (or at least, I think I was). Vet, lawyer and journalist were all options I had considered and eliminated by the age of sixteen. I made the decision to pursue a career in investment management during my university studies when I had the opportunity to complete a summer internship at an international private bank in Geneva

Q: What would a typical day include 
for you?

I try to get into the office early each day to ensure I’m up to speed with what’s happening in the markets ahead of our morning call, where we review macroeconomic data and international news. Following this I might meet with an analyst to discuss a particular market sector or geography, to help inform my own research on UK equities. My afternoons are frequently spent meeting with our clients, who range from individuals to charities and trusts.

Q: What do you enjoy most about 
your job?

Clients relationships are at the core of our business, and I feel privileged to work with some of the most influential and successful families in Scotland. Our clients come from all walks of life and there is a real commitment at Adam & Company to delivering a high quality personal service. Investment management demands strong interpersonal skills alongside mathematical fluency and an analytical mindset.

Q: What do you feel most proud of?

Last year I undertook the CISI Investment Advice Diploma and achieved the highest score of all Scottish based candidates during the 2014 award year. Professional qualifications are a key contributor to success in this industry if you’re prepared to work hard.

Q: What advice would you give to any young girls trying to break into finance?

A strong professional network is invaluable. Networking doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but it’s a skill you can develop over time by attending industry events and meeting likeminded people. If you invest time and effort in developing and sustaining a great network you will reap the benefits throughout your career.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A few years ago I was lucky enough to travel to the Arctic Circle for a week of dog sledding in northern Norway. It was a great trip with beautiful scenery, but a little too cloudy to see the Northern Lights. That said, I’m delighted to have an excuse to go back!