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How I went from studying History to working at an Investment Bank

We speak to Victoria to find out how her degree degree in history led her to a role in Equity Research at Morgan Stanley

As part of our series on using your languages or humanities degree at an investment bank, we speak to a historian currently working in Equity Research at Morgan Stanley.


Morgan Stanley is currently recruiting for internships, placements and their graduate scheme. Visit the Morgan Stanley Campus website to read profiles, learn more and to apply.


Victoria – Associate, Equity Research

“My undergraduate degree was in History at Leeds. After graduating, I qualified as an accountant before deciding to do a Masters in Environmental Technology at Imperial in London. 

“I had originally planned to return to accountancy after my Masters, however, during the course I had started to look at different professions and came to the realisation that I wanted to do something that was more forward-facing and that had a greater strategic element.

“While working on my thesis over the summer I had the opportunity to write a research piece for the Sustainable and Responsible Investing division at Morgan Stanley. This led to me applying for an Associate position within the team, where I am now. 

“The work I do means I’m constantly drawing on the skills I acquired throughout both my Masters and undergraduate studies, particularly the basic principal of going away and researching a topic, writing it up and presenting my findings to a small group.

“A typical meeting will involve me presenting the research I’ve been doing to a small group of colleagues or clients, so being able to formulate and structure my thoughts clearly for different audiences, whether in written or oral form, is extremely important. 

“Perhaps the biggest challenge for humanities or languages students is working out what the next step is after university. It’s not always obvious, and often it means having to reach out to people in different industries to find out more about the options out there.  

“Instead of just relying on what it says in the job description, it’s important to identify what you’re really good at and how you can put those skills into practice.” 

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