In His Own Words — Matt Dixon
Matt is a Managing Director within the TMT team of the Strategic Communications segment in London.
My first job after leaving university was as a Research Assistant in the House of Lords. I studied politics for my degree, so it seemed like a logical choice at the time. Running around Parliament, writing speeches, organising briefings… it was a fast paced, hugely varied role which has prepared me well for the job I do now, here at FTI.
My move in to strategic communications – or, more simply, PR as it was back then – was driven by two things. First, I wanted the chance to travel. They say Westminster is like a village – and they’re not wrong. For all of its excitement, it can be quite a closed environment – and I knew there was more to the world than SW1. Since joining FTI in 2006 I’ve worked on projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, major cities in the US – and a whole host of financial centres across Europe. My second motivation was to work somewhere ‘big’. That sounds quite a peculiar item for the wish list, but until I joined FTI I’d only worked in offices of four, maybe five people. Here, it doesn’t matter what corner of the planet you’re in or what problem you’ve been faced with solving, there’ll always be an FTI person somewhere with a guiding hand – or better still, the solution.
Ask anyone at FTI what’s the best aspect to their role, and nine times out of ten you’ll hear “no two days are ever the same.” I agree – today, after eight years, it still holds true. For me, this firm is also somewhere where there’s a real opportunity to progress, no matter your age or background. I joined in 2006 on the bottom rung – today I help to run a team of 19 people working across every kind of client account imaginable.