Alex Mason

Political Risk, Credit and Bonds Underwriting Assistant at AXA XL

Current Job Title:  Political Risk, Credit and Bonds Underwriting Assistant

Current Employer:  AXA XL

Current Location: London

"Plymouth helped shape me and grow my independence, boosted my confidence, and improved my communication - skillsets all utilised daily in the workplace."


"One of my favourite memories at Plymouth would be walking down North Hill to campus, be it for lectures, to go to the library, or to meet up with friends. The sun always seemed to be shining on that walk, even if it was freezing, you knew you were guaranteed sunshine and a fresh sea breeze."

"There were plenty of factors that made me choose Plymouth: it had a respected geography/international relations course, was one of the biggest universities in the south west, and was close to the coast, allowing me to go surfing most weekends."

"The staff on my course were most helpful and happy to guide me through the intricacies of the middle ground between geography and international relations."

"My international relations lecturers would bring in professors and academics from around the country to give talks on all matters of national and international issues. At the time, Brexit was a big deal and through attending these talks I was able to gain a solid understanding of the issues, which in turn provided me with a good opinion on the matter."

"The library for me is something that I wish I still had access to. It provided me with not just every book you could need, but also access to papers recently written by academics on current topical matters."

"Plymouth helped shape me and grow my independence, boosted my confidence, and improved my communication - skillsets all utilised daily in the workplace."

 

"I never truly knew what I wanted to do career-wise, but attending university certainly helped direct me onto a path where I could channel my interest and passion for international politics and use it in the world of business."

"Since the conclusion of my studies at Plymouth, I spent two long summers coaching tennis in the US (Camp America), before getting a job at AXA XL as a Political Risk, Credit and Bonds Underwriters Assistant. We offer insurance to countries and companies at risk of social, political and economic factors that may affect the feasibility and profitability of their operations or projects - everything from the financing of the construction of a dam in Nigeria, to the expropriation of a company’s shipping fleet in Columbia. I am responsible for interpreting, preparing and analysing risk data and providing comprehensive modelling information to help manage our business portfolio."

"Last year, I was lucky enough to be flown out to Los Angeles for a week to partake in a Political Risk, Credit and Bonds conference. I got to spend my spare time exploring Hollywood and surfing."