Economics alumnus shares top tips with current students

Over 300 students attended the in-person event to hear from Alister Hibbert, Fund Manager at BlackRock, (BSc Economics 1992), about his career in investment banking.

By Kate Fisher.



‘Show me that you are smart (but you don’t have to be super smart), hardworking, interested in what we do, competitive, ethical and realistic’. Alister Hibbert gave this great advice to our students when he returned to Bristol to share his story as part of the Bristol Talks Economics seminar series.

Alister originally had an offer to study Medicine at Bristol and then changed his course to Economics. After graduation he completed his accountancy qualification at Ernst & Young. He then moved to join Invesco Perpetual in 1996; and onto Scottish Widows as Investment Director from 2005. Alister, Managing Director and portfolio manager, is head of BlackRock’s Strategic Equity Team within BlackRock’s Fundamental Equity group. He is a founder and co-manager of a BlackRock long/short strategy and the BlackRock Global Unconstrained Equity Strategy.

Students in Priory Road Lecture theatre
Students attending Alister Hibbert Seminar, Priory Road, Lecture theatre.

BSc Economics student, Ben Pimley, hosts the Bristol Talks Economics series and jumped at the chance of interviewing an alumnus with such a successful story.

Ben said: “To have 300 plus students at the talk was a testament to his calibre. Everyone left that talk inspired and having learnt something new. It was a privilege to welcome him back to Bristol. It was one of our best ever events in my four years here.”

Bristol Talks Economics’ is a weekly event run by the Economics, Finance and Management (EFM) society, with leading academics and commentators exploring big economic issues with student flair and lots of audience participation. Taken online in lockdown, the series has spoken to some of the UKs’ leading Economists.

As a school, we are delighted to welcome back our alumni to enhance the student experience and to support employability.

Please get in touch with our Alumni Engagement Manager, Kate Fisher, if you would like to give your time or find out more about how you might be able to help.