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Banking bosses woo city finance students

Two Dublin students were given full marks by a global financial services firm when they impressed bank bosses in their London headquarters.

Aaron Murphy (17) and Victoria Johnston (16) were flown to Canary Wharf in London by global investment bank Morgan Stanley, which is now encouraging them to go into further study.

The students were deemed as good as business graduates and they rubbed shoulders with bank bosses, who attempted to broaden their horizons during the trip, which was organised by Co-operation Ireland.

Aaron, from Raheen Park, Ballyfermot, won the opportunity through Ballyfermot Youth Service and he now has his eyes set on a career in private wealth banking.

He told the Herald: "They showed us the trading floor and what's involved in banking. They even have their own beauticians in the bank because they want them to stay inside the bank. They have Starbucks and a dry cleaners and everything."

The trip to London was aimed at showing young people the opportunities available to them if they stay within the education system and develop their careers.

Aaron will sit his Leaving Cert next year and he now wants to go to Ballsbridge College to study Business and Finance.


"It will be tough but I'm just going to put my head down and do it. It gives me a better idea about banks. I didn't know how to go for it but now I know about scholarships," he said.

Victoria, from Elmgate Park, Cherry Orchard, has her heart set on a career as an accountant, after speaking to experienced staff in the London offices.

"I didn't know what to expect but I learned loads of things. I want to be an accountant so they told me lots of things to do with that. I enjoyed it, we were all shy at first but then the talking started."

Dr Alan Largey from Co-operation Ireland said that the experience in Canary Wharf had opened their eyes to what they can achieve in their lives.

"It was absolutely amazing to see their confidence grow," he said.

"They saw the trade floor and talked to people mainly of Irish extraction and saw the facilities available to employees.

"They all came home with two messages -- that merchant banking isn't a million miles away from them, and that difference in London is not as important as it is in Ireland."