There’s a birthday celebration in the Stockspot office and as the cake is brought out, you notice someone’s eyes suddenly light up. No, it’s not the birthday boy or girl – but the president of the Stockspot cake appreciation club (also our Head of Communications and PR) Lauren.
Like many Aussies, Lauren spent part of her years living in London and shares the reason why Australia will always be home.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I grew up in Canberra and moved to London in my early 20s to do the working holiday thing and stayed for over 10 years. Now I’m living in Sydney and appreciating the mild winters and the amazing sunshine.
I’ve had a variety of roles over the years to keep me solvent and in shoes. I moved to London a few years before the GFC and the city was awash with jobs. I was lucky to land a contract in what was then the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as a campaign executive. I was really green and I was exposed to some big policy changes which, unbeknownst to 22 year-old me, would look good on my CV to future employers.
I like PR because it’s about people and telling an interesting story and the world is made on good stories.
Why did you join Stockspot and what excites you most about it?
I worked for a big fintech firm in London and saw first hand the momentum of technology changing financial services. The big incumbents were rushing to catch-up and modernise (or still had their head in the sand). I realised that to stay relevant in my career the fintech / startup space is where I need to carve my world out.
When I returned to Australia I wanted to stay in fintech within personal finance for a company that is a real consumer champion. For me Stockspot epitomises how I believe financial services should always try to do the best for their customers. I also love working in a startup – the autonomy I have and that we’re willing to try different things.
Top tips for first time investors?
I like to think of investing like buying a big ticket item like a car or an expensive watch. Always do your research.
When it comes to investing understand the fees and how they will impact long-term returns, read the small print (this is where all the stuff they don’t want you to know is hidden – except for Stockspot of course!) and ask questions.
Finally – don’t beat yourself up that you didn’t start investing when you were an embryo – there’s a lot to be said for life experience too.
What do you usually get up to when you’re not at Stockspot?
I’m really into yoga and staying fit and healthy, I’ll usually be found doing something active. I recently got into (summer) ocean swimming when the waves aren’t too big. I love skiing too so I try to get away skiing at least once or twice a year.
Having lived in the UK for over 10 years, what is the thing you miss most about London? And what do you like the most about being back in Australia?
I miss the vibrancy and diversity of London. The entire world is in London and it’s an exciting place to live. I truly believe the old adage if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. Mostly I miss my mates and my old yoga studio.
My heart will always belong to Australia. I love the lifestyle, the nature and the genuine friendliness and open attitude of people here. Our beaches are the best in the world and I feel so lucky to be from here.
So you’re the face of yoga in London – how did that come about?
Haha that’s not quite accurate. My yoga studio where I completed my teacher training did a photoshoot with eager yoga teachers and two years later my face turned up on the brochure advertising yoga teacher training! Applications to be a teacher went through the roof – obviously!
As the president of the Stockspot cake appreciation club, what are your top 3 favourite cakes?
I do love cake! Top 3 in no particular order… I can’t go past an amazing carrot cake with super thick icing, baked New York cheesecake and anything from La Renaissance in the Rocks – they’re soooo good!
Favourite holiday destinations and why?
It is hard to choose just one, there are so many beautiful places in the world. I’d say Italy is a great all-rounder. Amazing food (pasta is my favourite food), lots of hiking and beach options and let’s not forget the vino! Rome is drenched in history and culture and the skier in me is dying to get to the Dolomites one day!
Best tip or advice you’ve ever received?
Ski over the top of the moguls. – Advice from an old flatmate who is an ace skier.
If you’re not feeling challenged and a little freaked out you’re stuck in your comfort zone. There’s no growth to be had in your comfort zone. – Advice from one of my bosses about career progression.
Little known fact about yourself?
I’m an open book.
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