Having graduated from University with a First class languages degree in 2012, and being unsure where I wanted my career to take me, I took the first role offered to me out of University, this being triglingual PA to the Executive Chairman of a very large Pharmaceutical Retail company, based in the UK, France and the US. I was bright-eyed and enthusatic and, whilst that role didn’t teach me a lot about tech, it taught me how to cope in an incredibly fast-paced environment, how to problem-solve in what seemed like impossibile situations and how to perform under stress. After a full-on 18 months, I decided to move into the banking sector, where I worked for 18 months at a private bank assisting account managers and learning the basics of payments. I discovered a love for Payments Technology but was finding it difficult to progress in the traditional world of banking. I met a Mastercard employee via a colleague and the more I learned about the business, the more I knew it was the place for me. I applied for a PA position knowing that this was my only way in without tech experience, and was determined to prove myself to my seniors quickly and to break into the world of Payments Tech. After nine months, I really kicked off my fintech career, becoming an Account Executive on Mastercard’s dynamic and fast-paced prepaid team. I became operational lead for the team immediately, supporting a the whole prepaid supply chain, from BIN Sponsors, to program managers, to TPPs and card bureaus in bringing they innovative new products to market. I have since been promoted three levels in two years and am now account managing the UK’s largest prepaid fintech players and working on various BD opportunities to bring the most innovative and exciting card products to market on the Mastercard brand. I have built an in-depth knowledge of Mastercard and the Prepaid and Fintech industries and am ready to take on whatever bursts into the market next as the next big thing in payments technology!