A NEWCASTLE Business School student is heading for London after securing a lucrative work placement with global investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Kathleen Edwards from North Shields is one of 40 students to be taken on from 9,000 applicants to the bank’s London office. The 22-year-old will spend the third year of her degree working at the bank on a salary of £33,000 – an extra benefit she did not find out about until she was offered the post.
Kathleen, who has dyslexia, underwent a gruelling selection process to win the placement, including an initial interview and several more 45-minute sessions.
She said: “I am definitely positive about my dyslexia and feel I have developed much more advanced IT skills because of it. It makes me think outside the box which Goldman Sachs saw as a refreshing and appealing quality.”
Ron Beadle, principal lecturer at Newcastle Business School, part of Northumbria University, said: “The money is just a bonus to her, it’s all about the skills she will advance and gain by working in industry.”