Investment teams benefit greatly from a gender equitable mix of investment professionals, and at Challenger, we are taking a number of deliberate steps to attract more talented women into our investment teams.
One such step was a mentoring breakfast hosted by CEO Richard Howes earlier this week, with some impressive female members of the UNSW Finance and Banking Society (FINSOC). Also attended by Chief Investment Officer Chris Plater, the event was an excellent opportunity for Challenger to connect 1:1 with future investment professionals, and for students to learn more about Challenger, how to navigate their career, and what it means to work in investment management.
Challenger commenced its involvement with FINSOC in 2017, and since that time have become a Gold sponsor, and an enthusiastic participant in their Women in Finance Mentoring Program and other events. Through this relationship, and our partnership with Future IM/Pact - an industry initiative aimed at increasing diversity in investment teams - we are working to increase the proportion of women in our own investment teams, with under-representation a common challenge for the investment management industry.
There are several opportunities throughout the year for graduates to join Challenger. These roles are open to students that have recently completed their tertiary education, or entry level candidates looking to kick start their career.
Our internship program runs across the summer period and offers a diverse and engaging program, delivering cross functional exposure to accelerate career growth.
For more information about growing a career at Challenger visit our Careers site.