1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with Nomura this summer. The training week was very thorough and informative, especially for an arts student, and prepared me pretty well for my desk work. The programme was well-organised with a good mixture of group weekly challenges, product breakfasts, networking and desk work, and HR reviews were regular and useful.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Although there is a limited amount an intern can do in reality - especially on Sales and Trading desks, as I was for two of my three desk rotations - I felt valued by my team and was given roles and projects of responsibility. These were mainly Excel based, with elements from other systems such as Bloomberg being incorporated into my day to day work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was allocated a mentor and a buddy for the duration of the internship; both were friendly and approachable throughout and I had regular meetings with my mentor. I was able to approach my desk representatives for the guidance regarding both allocation and completion of work throughout my time. The HR team was also approachable and supportive throughout.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I always had work to do on the desk - whether it was a project set by my desk, or preparation for a weekly challenge presentation. Some weeks also had the virtual trading game running, so research and coming up with trade ideas and executing them also occupied some time here. My desk were happy to give me roles of responsibility where my work often impacted and contributed positively to the efficiency of the desk as a whole.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I have mentioned before, despite restrictions due to the nature of the work, I was given roles of responsibility on my desk. My roles varied from running reports, doing company research, and creating spreadsheets to improve desk efficiency. Furthermore, as part of the overall intern class, we were tasked with running a charity fundraising event in groups, so we were accountable for not only raising money for Nomura's charity but also for maintaining company reputation and integrity in our event and marketing of it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
From the very comprehensive and dense training week to skills developed on the desks, I have gained a lot of experience and skills throughout the internship. As an arts/humanities student it was particularly useful and will certainly stand me in good stead for the rest of my career in this industry.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Brilliant! Everyone was very friendly, open and keen to help us as interns. The diversity on the trading floor was great, and being able to experience different desks - flow/structured - was a really good, informative and enjoyable experience and opportunity. I would highly recommend and it made my time here thoroughly enjoyable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was very well structured. There was a good mix of training (in the training week), time spent on different desks, and projects including: the group weekly challenges with a good range of topics from different areas of the business; the intern charity fundraiser; an equity sales pitch; the virtual trading game; and product breakfast sessions.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Very much so - a full training week at the beginning of the internship put us in a good position and prepared us - as much as possible - for the weeks ahead! It was a very comprehensive, thorough and engaging week to be a part of before the real work where on going development continued.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not sure of outcome yet, but would love the opportunity to be a part of it full-time!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, everyone got along very well and often went for drinks after work on Thursdays - the terrace with great views across the Thames and SouthBank - and Fridays - downstairs at the local bar. Often grabbed lunch with fellow interns and those morning coffees at 7am - all in it together with the early starts!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Costs of living - extortionate! - but it is London, so perhaps that is just me not accustomed to the London price tag! I found accommodation in a student halls of residence nearby - most interns either did that of went on SpareRoom, as far as I'm aware. Socialised at weekends with friends, generally from home/uni.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Pretty good, although I didn't often go out-out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not really applicable, excluding the charity fundraiser