Five mistakes and a paradox

Five mistakes and a paradox

Old Cheltonian, Charlie Bennett (1980, Hazelwell), gave a lecture to Sixth Form students about his career in banking as part of a series of Upper College lectures.

Charlie is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse based in London. He is an investment banker and specialises in leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, and distressed debt trading.  He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge and then spent five happy years in the Grenadier Guards before swapping his uniform for a life in banking.

Charlie talked to students about his time at College, life in the Army and his career in banking. He highlighted five mistakes that he had made along the way and how he had learnt from these. One of his key messages was to consider your team and the wider picture, something he felt he hadn’t done when he made the five mistakes he talked about.

Cheun Leik Low (U6, Xt) commented, “I believe I speak for all of the Upper Sixth when I say Mr Bennett’s talk was an enlightening experience. He told us of his own time at school and how he went on to achieve many great things in life, a goal which many of us here at College undoubtedly share. Mr Bennett spoke with an air of confidence and remarkable eloquence, imparting some of his invaluable experience to everyone in attendance.  If there's one thing I learnt from him that afternoon, it would be that there is no substitute for passion and enthusiasm on the path to success.”

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