Students approach ATP's ESG veteran for career advice as battle for talent intensifies

Having worked with ESG for 18 years for both asset managers and asset owners, Susanne Røge Lund, currently working at Denmark's largest investor ATP, is often approached by students asking her to give career advice. Across the investment industry, companies face an increasing competition for a limited pool of experienced ESG professionals.

"Many young people have a very clear plan for their career, and they tend to see their careers as very linear. I tell them that in the long run, it's important be curious, to keep an open mind and to grasp the opportunities that comes your way. Maybe something pops up that you did not know existed. I, for one, did not know that ESG existed when I was a student," says Susanne Røge Lund. | Photo: PR/ ATP

The investment management industry faces an increase in the competition for a limited pool of experienced ESG professionals, since investors and regulators alike are pressurizing asset managers into overhauling their non-ESG investments.

Having spent the last 13 years working in the ESG area on both the side of the asset manager and that of the asset owner, the Danish statutory pension fund ATP's ESG Director Susanne Røge Lund is something of a rare breed in the investment management industry.

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