Rhashed Molife left his native Zimbabwe to pursue an actuarial career in the UK and is now settled in Scotland with his family and working for Scottish Widows in Edinburgh.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE UK? When I finished my degree in statistics at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare in 2000 I was keen to find a career where I could continue to use my love of mathematics. As I had an uncle living in London, I decided to move to the UK to study a masters in actuarial science at City University – now Cass Business School.
HOW DID YOU GET TO JOIN SCOTTISH WIDOWS? While I was studying I was also working for Lloyds at its call centre in Southend-on-Sea. When I finished my studies in 2004, I looked to see if they were any opportunities with Lloyds. Although I initially went for a position as Investment Analyst with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, I found out that they were taking on trainee actuaries in Edinburgh so applied for this job instead.
WHAT’S YOUR ROLE WITH SCOTTISH WIDOWS? I joined in 2005 as a trainee actuary and am currently studying for my professional exams. I am now a Senior Actuarial Analyst in the income reporting unit analysing shareholder value. It’s been a good career development for me and I’m keen to move to manager level in the near future.
HOW DO YOU FIND LIFE IN SCOTLAND? I think there’s a much better quality of life here. Scotland is a smaller place so there is less congestion, and the people here are very friendly. Edinburgh is a great city to work in as you can get around it very easily
and out into wonderful countryside very quickly. I live in the country just south of the city with my wife and two young
children. My wife works as a maths teacher and we have an active social life which is centred around our local church, so we are quite busy. My other passion I developed in Scotland is Munro “bagging” –
climbing Scottish mountains over 3,000 ft. I’ve already conquered nine munros and now I’m looking to claim number 10 next year!
Chartered Accountant Chetan came to Glasgow at the end of 2009 from Mumbai to manage part of the Morgan Stanley’s Financial Reporting team for Fund Services both here and in India. He’s enjoying his work and new life in Scotland’s most multi-cultural city.
HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK FOR MORGAN STANLEY? After gaining a chartered accountancy qualification in Mumbai, I joined Morgan Stanley in its Fund Services office there. This was a dream job for me as Morgan Stanley is such a respected brand in financial services and it would give me opportunities that come with working for a multinational company. I joined the new financial reporting team in India which was
exciting. Then I was promoted to become a manager in the team and transferred to Glasgow to develop and oversee the teams in Scotland and India and gain more client exposure.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS ROLE? I like working for hedge fund clients as it always keeps you on your toes. Every client has different demands and every day presents new challenges – and you really feel like you are part of the news story every day.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT LIVING IN GLASGOW? The countryside in Scotland is so beautiful. There is so much greenery that it makes me feel at home. I actually find it very soothing and restful here. I enjoy living in Glasgow with my wife Shilpa as we find it a multi-cultural place and there is a local temple where we can worship. The Scottish people are nice and helpful and it’s easy and safe to travel around the city, even if you work late in the evening. In Mumbai it’s different, but here I can get to work in only 15 minutes so I don’t miss my old commute, which took over an hour!
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