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Business student Andrew networks with City bosses after essay writing success

A Level Business student Andrew Lam attended an awards ceremony in the City after being named a winner in the 10th annual Worshipful Company of International Bankers Essay Competition.

Andrew, who is also studying A Level Economics and A Level Accounting, was presented with £100 at the ceremony held at the headquarters of ING Bank in Moorgate.

He had the chance to network with financiers, CEOs, bankers and entrepreneurs and left the evening presentation with an offer of work experience with accountants at a grant and funding charity based in London Bridge!

The competition asked students from 25 school sixth forms and colleges across London to write a 1,500-word magazine article discussing the topic: ‘Cashless payments are now commonplace. Is this, and other developments in FinTech, fundamentally changing the provision of traditional financial services?’

Andrew wrote about the progress of technology and online banking and considered whether notes and coins will eventually die out and become non-existent.

He said: “I entered the competition because I saw it as a way to develop my essay writing skills which will help me in my A Levels. I did a lot of research about online banking and the technology which is being developed, not just in the UK but internationally as well.

“The best part about winning was not actually the £100, but the chance to network with so many people in the banking industry at the ceremony. I found that really useful, talking to them and finding out about the opportunities available after college. I was even offered work experience there and then which will help me so much with my future plans.”

Two other Havering Sixth Form College students, Jimmy Kidjana and Caroline Enaw, received certificates from the WCIB for their essay entries and were given £25 Amazon vouchers by The CUBE – the College’s careers department.