Super College Student wins Top Financial Award

A top financial services student from City of Glasgow College has been recognised by Glasgow’s International Financial Services District (IFSD) for achieving outstanding performance on her course.

Karolina Piekarniak was presented with a certificate and £250 at the IFSD Glasgow Student Awards 2017. She was one of just six students from colleges and universities across Glasgow to achieve this accolade.

The 22 year old who is originally from Poland has just completed her HNC in Financial Services at City of Glasgow College and wants to work as a financial adviser.

Karolina said:

“I am delighted to have won this award. It is such a privilege and huge opportunity to become student of the year and has given me so much confidence and self-belief. I think that the door to the Financial Services world will be wide open for me with the IFSD Award.”

The awards programme was established by the IFSD Partnership to highlight the wealth of talented graduates emerging from Glasgow’s universities and colleges, prepared for careers in financial services. Karolina was nominated as an outstanding achiever by the college.

Maddy Coats, Curriculum Head Accounting, City of Glasgow College, said:

“Karolina has been an outstanding student this session making meaningful contributions to class discussions and performing exceptionally well in assessments. She has demonstrated her ambition by securing part time employment in the sector whilst she continues her studies in Finance at Glasgow Caledonian University. These awards strengthen Scotland's image and identity as a centre of financial services expertise.” 

HNC Financial Services at City of Glasgow College covers a range of knowledge and skills including the regulatory environment and building positive relationships with customers. To help widen the appeal of the financial services sector as a career, the college works with schools offering courses for students in S4 and above.

Since its launch in 2001 the IFSD has attracted over 15,000 financial sector jobs from some of the biggest names in global finance including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays, BNP Paribas, HSBC, esure, Tesco Bank and Aon.

Photographs courtesy of Iain MacLean Photography