Winston Yap (BSc Economics and Economic History 2009-12) only graduated in 2012 but since then he hasn't hung around. He spent the summer volunteering at the London Olympics, has begun a new career and is already giving something back to the community.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really young I wanted to be a doctor, in my teens I considered being an architect but my artistic skills weren’t (and still aren’t) great. I then decided I wanted work in business in some way.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
To pursue a career which you are not only passionate about and enjoy, but also one in which the people you work with will enrich your life.
Describe yourself in three words
Determined, considered, friendly
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
I would say I find the day-to-day aspects of my job really enjoyable. The most challenging part of my role currently is learning for professional examinations which I will be taking over the next few years.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I was co-head of Warwick Economics Summit in my final year at University in charge of a team of 50 fellow students organising the largest academic conference in the UK. It was incredibly rewarding as we secured a fantastic line-up of speakers including a Nobel Laureate and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria which even led to coverage in mainstream media.
This summer I was selected as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics. I volunteered at the Water Polo Arena within the Olympic Park. It was an incredible experience and brilliant to be in the thick of it all. I volunteered in the Event Services Team and responsibilities included scanning tickets, showing people to seats, answering questions and generally keeping an eye out for the spectators. As a volunteer I was fortunate enough to see the final dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, Diving at the Aquatics Centre and I went up the Orbit a couple of time too. I volunteered for the Closing Ceremony and saw many a celebrity and of course the fireworks at the end.
What drives you?
Overcoming challenges and solving problems that I face to the best of my ability.
What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?
Finding worthwhile ways of giving back to the community in some way. I hope to become a School Governor in the near future.
What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?
An iPhone, some good headphones and a saxophone.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?
I hope to have passed my professional qualifications, be further along in my career and have found worthwhile ways of giving back to the community.
How would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as someone who always gave their all in life and was never afraid to help out people in need.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
There are so many memories which I hope I will keep over time. Many of the highlights are from activities with the societies I was involved in such as the Wind Orchestra, Music Theatre Warwick and Warwick Economics Summit. Making friends for life is definitely a huge highlight. Graduation day was brilliant too – I only wish it could have lasted longer!
Do you have any advice for new graduates?
Don’t overthink what career path you want to follow. Although I graduated not long ago, I’ve already met many people who have changed their careers over the years without encountering too many problems.
Anything else you would like to add?
I really enjoyed my time at Warwick. I’d like to thank all the teaching staff at Warwick in particular. I changed my course after my first year and I will always be grateful for the flexibility that was afforded to me. I’m looking forward to visiting again in the future!
Winston Yap: the facts
University of Warwick: BSc (Hons) Economics and Economic History
|Career:||Private Banking Analyst|
|Interests:||Music, volunteering and technology|