Alumnus of the month
Tom Fitzgerald is our Westminster City School Alumnus of the Month for February 2021. Tom left Westminster City School in 2006 and is now a private equity professional.
Please tell us a little about yourself – where do you work and how did you get to this role?
I am a private equity professional, investing across buyouts and growth equity in Europe. I followed the traditional path of starting my career in mergers and acquisitions, and in investment banking, before moving to private equity.
What are some of your proudest achievements since leaving Westminster City School?
Breaking into the investment banking industry, advising large blue-chip companies on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, public offerings, private placements, and other strategic transactions. I have been fortunate enough to work at the premier US investment banks, including Evercore and Morgan Stanley, before transitioning into the private equity industry.
What advice would you give someone looking to follow a similar career path?
Read. There is an extensive number of free resources available online, walking you through the industry, interview process, first day on the job etc. Independent research will promote richer conversations with experienced professionals in your target industry.
Network. The vast majority of professionals are willing to give up their time to mentor students and young professionals. Utilise school networks, social media, and friends and family to build your book of contacts.
Work. Internships, work experiences, volunteering, weekend jobs – these are all equally important in developing your skill set and building new and lasting relationships.
Also, perhaps more importantly, work experiences allow you to get a sense of whether a career is for you or not. Find this out quickly, move on, and repeat these steps until you find your optimal path.
How have your experiences at Westminster City School contributed to your life and successes since leaving school?
Among a sea of big characters from a variety of backgrounds, one quickly learns to raise your hand and speak up. Today, I never fear misspeaking but not speaking at all.
Can you describe one of your fondest memories from your time at Westminster City School?
My favourite teacher was Miss World and my favourite subject is mathematics. I distinctly remember achieving Level 8 in my Maths SATs (Year 9), and recall feeling pretty chuffed with myself at the time. I went on to read Mathematics and Economics at UCL, always searching for the same sense of achievement.
I am very excited to be a part of a newly established private equity fund. I really look forward to partnering with the next wave of entrepreneurs building tomorrow’s market leading companies.
We love hearing what our alumni have been doing since leaving Westminster City School. Each month, we are inviting a member of our alumni community to share their story of life after Palace Street. If you’re an alumnus who would like to take part, or you’d like to volunteer an alumnus that you know, then please drop us an email.