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During this four-day programme, I had the opportunity to learn more about the three divisions of an investment bank: Investment Banking, Global Markets and Corporate Infrastructure. On a day-to-day basis we would have some presentations, networking events, case study exercises and sessions to improve our skills.
It was a 4 days virtual event. The first day was related to Investment banking: we had some IB training, we did a case study and we had a panel discussion with employees from IB division at Nomura. Second day was GM with a trading simulation and a Panel discussion as well. Third Day involved soft skills development and fourth day was targeted at Technology Roles.
During the programme, we gained exposure to various sector and product teams in the Investment Banking Division as well as the Global Markets division through coffee chats and panel presentations. We also went through a comprehensive investment banking training session by an external provider, encompassing an industry overview, trading simulation and soft skills workshop.
On the first day we had an insight of the Investment banking division with presentations and networking sessions, and a case study. On the second day, it was the same setting for Global Markets. On the third day, we had workshops on how to brand ourselves and to develop soft skills. And finally, on the 4th day, employees of the technology and risk divisions presented their jobs and we had workshops with the recruiters.
We usually had a few presentations explaining the divisions as well as training in key skills for bankers including excel and presentation skills. Furthermore, we did many sessions where we presented on a given topic. Moreover, we usually had a Q&A panel with various people as well which was really useful as the small class size allowed most questions to be answered either in the event or afterwards where we could reach out to other employees.
Overall, this insight gave a broad overview of Investment Banking (IB) and Global Markets (GM) at Nomura. On a day-to-day basis there were panel discussions and networking sessions with Nomura employees from these divisions. During these sessions, the interns, through asking specific questions, were able to understand what it is like to work in these divisions and what the work involves. Moreover, breakout rooms were a significant feature of this insight programme. On a regular basis we were put into these rooms with a few fellow interns to discuss a certain topic/case study and then report back to the whole group in the main room. Other tasks included: listening to specific presentations on Investment Banking and Global Markets, an Excel session, and a trading simulation.
I enjoyed this internship very much. It was well though out, with 2 weeks of training followed by 3 weeks in the business team. All the people from Nomura that I met were very open, supportive and helpful. Due to COVID-19, the internship had to be changed into a remote format but the HR team was very accommodating and helped me make the best of it.
The internship was excellent. I highly enjoyed the combination of interactive training, rotating group projects, and desk-specific work. While being placed with a trading desk, I was given many chances to learn about the sales and structuring teams (and to a smaller degree the quant and risk team). Beyond the internship structure, the enthusiasm of Nomura's employees stood out and resulted in a great working atmosphere.
I have been positively surprised by the experience because I did not expect to work and learn as much as I did given the particular context. I met amazing people who I could relate to, have been highly exposed to one deal in particular and was able to show my competencies. However I give a 7 because working with a personal PC was not practical, I met several issues with my computer, probably because it was a Mac that couldn't match well with Nomura desktop. Furthermore, the internship was shortened to 5 weeks instead of 9.
I really enjoyed the first 2 weeks of training. Unfortunately, I believe that 3 weeks on the desk were not enough to fully understand the job and bond with the team members. Further, I did not understand why there is no rotation among teams, especially since the teams are completely different from one another. The level of difficulty of the final project was really different depending on the team. Some of the interns had extremely easy projects, while others extremely difficult ones. Finally, the worst thing happened in our very last week when we were told that the company was not making any offer.
I really enjoyed the Nomura 5 week virtual internship. The internship was planned incredibly well, especially considering the last minute changes and rearrangements due to COVID-19. The initial training (2 weeks) was a huge learning curve but exceptionally effective, as it provided us with a great base from which to build. HR had clearly made efforts in getting us to meet senior MD's across the IBD division, which were great opportunities to network and learn. Furthermore, the team in which I sat made great effort to teach and guide me, and it was clear there was a culture of ethics, teamwork and collaboration.
I greatly enjoyed the IBD summer internship experience at Nomura, despite being virtual this year because of the global pandemic. Firstly, the training we had for 2 weeks with Financial Edge was incredibly thorough and professional, and I also loved that interns were given actual live work to help their teams giving us a genuine taste for what an analyst position would involve on a day to day basis.