Tina Saffarian is a Vice President in the London office of Goldman Sachs and she’s on a mission. With a nearly six-year career at Goldman’s global markets division, where she works on e-commerce products, Saffarian has launched her own nonprofit organization to educate female students about the benefits of STEM careers.
An Information Management graduate from University College London (UCL), Saffarian has long been active attending campus events as a Goldman representative. But she says it’s long been noted that female attendees are a minority. “I noticed that whenever I went to speak to students, there weren’t many women in attendance, it was mostly men,” says Saffarian. all industries, not just technology. He wanted to help as many students as he could.”
I call WinsightfulSaffarian’s company aims to provide women studying STEM subjects with information based on “real life scenarios” of careers in key industries. ‘We are open to female STEM students at all levels. There may be college students who want to know how to apply for certain roles, or doctoral students who might be more interested in combining careers with children. The idea is to get women from industries like banking, consulting, private equity, technology or start-ups talking about their roles and reaching as many young women as possible,” she says.
Saffarian herself joined Goldman after searching for a summer analyst (internship) program and then join full time after graduation. She says that she wasn’t really aware of banking careers until her roommates started talking about the industry. “I got into banking thanks to my college roommates who were highly motivated and one had completed a spring internship at a major bank. She offered me information about the application process. And if it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t have run.”
Saffarian suggests that women are deterred from applying for the wide variety of tech roles in banking, both because of a lack of awareness of the opportunities available and the perception that they are mostly held by men. However, she says this is a misconception: “I was not aware of the different technology roles within investment banks. Most of these roles were filled by men during job fairs, and my interviewers were all men, but now it’s becoming more common to find women playing pure software engineering roles, which is great.”
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