Matt Elliot

Sales and Trading Analyst

  • M.Eng Civil Building Engineering
  • Loughborough University
  • Internship (1-4 Months)
  • Citi

What made you apply to Citi?

Through my University Careers and Employability Centre I was put in contact with a former Loughborough student who worked at Citi. He advised me and gave me an in-depth insight into the industry and to Citi as an organisation itself. I instantly felt that I connected with the people at Citi and that I knew it would be a good place for me to start a career in global markets.

“Treat everyday like a Monday, believe in your abilities and you will go as far as you care to push yourself.”

How much responsibility were you given during your placement/internship?

From the day I joined a huge amount of responsibility was placed on me to exercise and develop my skills. My responsibilities ranged from daily administrative tasks to projects where I was able to add value, identifying business opportunities and implementing systems that are still in place. Despite the responsibility, I was able to manage my tasks and time effectively and gain the respect of my colleagues. I was regularly invited to client and broker functions to network.

What did you enjoy most about your placement/internship?

On my first day at Citi all the interns were placed in groups and set a task to complete. My group came second but this allowed us to meet the CEO at the time, Vikram Pandit and our current CEO, Mike Corbat who both took time out of their busy schedule to talk to us and give us advice. It was and still is evident to me that at Citi seniors display stimulating leadership and work in synergy with juniors.

Sales and Trading Analyst

What is the most valuable lesson you learnt on your placement/internship?

Life skills and confidence are incredibly important! Treat everyday like a Monday, believe in your abilities and you will go as far as you care to push yourself.

What advice would you give to someone planning their placement/internship?

Work hard: Do your best in every task and project you are set. Enjoy all aspects of your internship; be motivated and get involved in all aspects of your company.

Set Targets: Have a firm idea of what your goal is, arm yourself with the correct tools to complete the task but be realistic and honest with yourself.

Mentor: Find a mentor who shares a vested interest in your future and genuinely wants you to succeed. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals.

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