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Location: London

Programme: 10 week returnship

Programme dates:  23 September – 29 November 2019

For more than 100 years, Fitch has been a leading independent provider of essential financial information and services to the global financial markets. As they enter a new era of market complexity and fast-paced innovation, Fitch is committed to becoming an employer of choice that attracts, develops and retains top talent. They continue to differentiate themselves with a concerted drive to promote diversity and inclusion through their talent programs, and throughout Fitch culture. The CreditPath Program was launched in London in 2018 and exemplifies this philosophy with its clear success in helping Fitch to access finance professionals with a broad range of skills and experiences.

Programme Details

CreditPath is a is a 10-week, full-time paid internship for financial services professionals who are ready to re-enter the workforce after taking an extended break from their careers. Fitch understands that transition can be both exciting and daunting; they will provide a highly supportive environment with the tools and resources to smoothly transition back to the workplace.

What are they offering?

From your first day, you will begin an immersive three-week learning programme that covers credit analysis, professional skills and other relevant topics. In the next phase of the programme, you will be placed in a role with defined responsibilities that will allow you to make an impactful contribution to your team while building on your skills and previous work experience. At the conclusion of the program, there is the potential to be offered a permanent role within the organisation. Fitch hired 80% of the 2018 cohort participants into full time roles.

The 3 Week Bootcamp will run from 23 September until 11 October, followed by a 6 week rotation until November 29.

Read the reflections of UK CreditPath 2018 graduates about the program and returning to work below.

Who are they looking for?

Successful applicants will have:

About the organisation

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.

How to apply

If you are interested, apply early, as space is limited. Candidates will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Click here to apply for the London Programme.

Along with your CV and application details, please attach a personal statement (approximately 500 words) describing how your previous experience has prepared you for the CreditPath programme.  In this essay, Fitch would like to understand your interest in this programme and how you and Fitch can mutually benefit from your participation.

If you have questions, please email creditpath@fitchratings.com

To learn more, visit: Fitch Ratings CreditPath

Reflections of CreditPath UK 2018 Graduates 

CARMEN FRASER, FUND & ASSET MANAGER RATINGS
My CreditPath experience: 
It was fantastic and that’s due to the structure of the program, the support we received, and how genuinely nice everyone is!

How incoming CreditPath participants can prepare for their journey: Be ready to completely immerse yourself in it. It’s a very intensive program but it has so much to offer. If you can really embrace it in its totality you’ll get so much out of it. Learn as much as you can and make use of what you’ve learnt, take initiative, and ask questions. Don’t be shy because everyone is really approachable.

Advice for women returning to work from a break: You have to plan and anticipate the challenges ahead of you, be it organizing childcare or planning for your commute. Be aware of possible challenges that come with being away from home, come up with a plan B and possible solutions

SHAILA LEEKHA, SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
My CreditPath experience: 
CreditPath gave me a great opportunity to understand a broad range of Fitch’s operations, meet a variety of individuals across the organization, and get a good sense of Fitch’s culture. I enjoyed learning about Fitch’s big-picture strategy and how it fits into Hearst’s portfolio, as well as a detailed insight into its credit analysis process. Learning about the different parts of the business was not only interesting but also helpful to my transition into a permanent role. I also enjoyed getting to know everyone I met on the program.

Deciding whether to take a break: I think you have to go with what feels right for you at the time. For me, spending three years with my young kids after the birth of my third child was priceless. I enjoyed it immensely and believed that the right opportunity would come up when I was ready. I was pleased when the CreditPath role worked out, not just as a return to work program but now as a permanent position.

Advice for women returning to work from a break: Taking time off is a great opportunity to reflect and reassess your goals as well as your personal brand.  It’s also a great time to take a risk and try something you may not have otherwise pursued.

CLARISSE PLISSONNEAU, CORPORATE RATINGS – EMEA
My CreditPath experience: 
The program is a safe environment for coming back to work and the training helped eliminate my initial fear of jumping into a new role after being away for so long.

Challenges faced after returning to work from an extended break: The biggest challenge has been organizing childcare while I’m at work. Being with my children had been my primary role so I had to plan for an effective transition away from them. I prepared the children emotionally and let them know that I am still mummy and that although I’m spending majority of my day at work, I will be home at the end of the day to put them to bed.

Advice for women returning to work from a break: What I found most valuable were discussions with people who have had the experience; they will serve as a good support system. It’s not always easy to be noticed after taking a long break so definitely take advantage of any recruitment programs available and then you’ll be well on your way!