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Finance Industrial Placement

  • BSc Accounting & Financial Management
  • Loughborough University
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • American Express

What made you apply to American Express?

What stood out for me is that American Express comes across as an incredibly dynamic and competitive company. Their business reputation is considered to be one of the best and the fact that it is a global company indicated exposure to different regions and areas of work. I was also attracted to American Express as it offered graduate positions at the end of a successful internship based on an individual’s performance.

“Throughout my year, I didn’t feel like I was the intern as I was always treated like a permanent employee and was given the responsibilities of one. Being a part of a close-knit team and being valued has been very fulfilling.”

Describe a normal day in the office

A normal day would involve responding to daily emails, attending meetings and working on projects that are assigned to me. My team supports the EU region therefore I liaise with my counterparts in various markets such as Russia, France and the Netherlands. My job also involves close interactions with the different functions within American Express.

What did you enjoy most about your placement/internship?

Throughout my year, I didn’t feel like I was the intern as I was always treated like a permanent employee and was given the responsibilities of one. Being a part of a close-knit team and being valued has been very fulfilling. One particular highlight during this internship has been receiving the “Rising Star Award” for a project I led and was responsible for. This was a major accomplishment for me especially since I received a lot of recognition from within my team and well as senior members within the organisation.

Finance Industrial Placement

Would you want to return to work full time at American Express and if so, why?

My experience at American Express has been very positive and enriching. I have accepted my graduate offer because there are many opportunities for development and progression especially as you are encouraged to change roles every 18 months. I have also realised that American Express has a great work-life balance and there is a lot of support from within the organisation.

What was the application process like?

It involved an online application form, online tests, telephone interview and assessment centre. The recruitment process and level of response was very swift and professional.

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

I would encourage students to attend company events where possible, liaise with their career services and gain alumni insights. Research the companies that you are planning to apply to and tailor each application to the company.

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