Natasha Beg (2010)
Vice President at JP Morgan Chase
“Trinity Hall and Cambridge were by far the best decisions of my life”
How do you look back on your time at Trinity Hall?
With great fondness and affection. My entire experience at Trinity Hall was built upon the warmth and encouragement I received from people I met at there. It was a time of self-discovery for me. Each and every experience at Trinity Hall allowed me to reflect on my life, my values and what I wanted to achieve in life. For me, it is an honour and privilege to have studied at Trinity Hall and moreover to find fellow students and academics who inspired me and will be my friends for life. The College is breathtakingly beautiful. Everywhere you turn, it looks like a postcard. I have particularly fond memories of living at Wychfield, the Telephone Campaign, socialising at the MCR, punting and College formals.
Why did you choose to study Technology Policy?
While working in industry, I learnt the importance of leadership skills. My decision to read an MPhil in Technology Policy at Judge Business School was largely fuelled by my desire to build these skills and prepare for a leadership role at the interface of technology and strategy development. It was a valuable step forward in achieving my career objectives. The course introduced me to the intricacies of strategy development and helped transition my career from a technical role to strategy consulting. What made the programme special were the academics who deeply inspired me and continually pushed me to achieve more and grow daily.
How did your time at Trinity Hall impact on your career?
Trinity Hall and Cambridge were by far the best decisions of my life. They made a difference because first of all, I received a great education and also, it opened doors for me which I never knew existed. I engaged with alumni who made me think broadly about my career aspirations and opened my eyes to the various paths available to achieve my goals. It was at a networking event in the Graham Storey Room where I was offered my dream role in investment banking. I decided to pursue a more traditional path within investment banking, which was an educated decision thanks to the help I received from alumni.
Do you have any advice for other women looking to work in your field?
Be ambitious and pursue your dreams. Always push yourself and when opportunities get presented at work, seize them. We are capable of achieving anything we put our mind to. When life allows, invest all of your time, money and energy to develop the skills which would allow you to live up to your potential and reap the rewards later on.
What does gender equality mean to you?
As cliché as it sounds, women should and can have it all. However, I do believe that women’s lives have stages and every stage has a different priority. When I came to terms with the idea that I did not need to do everything all at once, I was able to progress and flourish in every stage of my life.
What is your greatest career or academic achievement to date?
My greatest career achievement is to have lived and worked in five countries, across three continents. However, my greatest academic achievement is to have attended Cambridge.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say to my younger self to believe in herself more and to dream the unthinkable. In the end, it will all work out and life would be everything you had imagined it to be, and more.