Student at Rothschild & Co

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Banking - Investment


About You
The Organisation
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About You

Role Description


1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was a really enjoyable programme - a very packed 3 days but something which was really useful to gain insight into all the practice areas of the firm, as well as the culture at Rothschild & Co. It was very well organised so I felt engaged at all points throughout.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

We were given lots of time by all the staff at the firm - both from HR and from the analysts and more senior members of the firm. They put in effort to answer our questions and even gave us their contact details if we had further things to ask afterwards.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

We were able to ask lots and lots of questions after every talk and workshop, so I felt really supported in deciding which practice areas I wanted to apply to. They were also helpful with logistical questions and making the structure of the programme really clear at all times throughout the three days.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

It was really informative about the firm and what an investment bank does, which will help any future applications to the firm. They also helped with general interview and presentation skills, which was very useful as the workshops were given by experts in the field. I feel this will equip me well for later life.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Every time slot was filled by appropriate and exciting activities - presentations, talks, work shadowing, workshops, networking events and more. Even though it was such a short programme I really felt they made best use of the time so we could really understand the firm and it’s work and this made it very engaging.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I loved meeting the group (around 20 girls) who were really friendly throughout, and the staff were helpful and welcoming at all times. The culture of the firm also appeared to be equally friendly, as analysts went out of their way to help us out and give us any advice we asked for.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They gave us a presentation project which really helped me develop my presentation skills and to develop my skills in research and analysis. This helped me understand topical issues even better, and practise communicating my ideas with a large panel of senior staff. This was a great way to develop my personal skills.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Although it is impossible to know if you will like a firm once you start full time, this was as close as you could get - we were fully immersed in the company, especially with the work shadowing sessions, and could understand the culture and work life of the firm better.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The company culture strongly came through during every talk we had - they went through the history and culture of the firm, we even visited the archives they have in the office and we were able to meet so many people across the firm that we could really appreciate the culture.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

It really inspired me to apply to the firm as I love the culture - it also opened my mind up to different practice areas in the firm, such as wealth management, so it helped develop my thoughts even past my first couple of years of working, which was excellent


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

They paid for our lunch in the canteen everyday (which was very nice and cheap anyway), and reimbursed our travel costs up to £100. If you require somewhere to stay they will also pay up to £100 a night which is very generous. Overall it was entirely cost free to attend

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Everyday, we met more and more staff who were happy to talk to us and even gave us their business cards so we could contact them further. I met staff from HR, investment teams, wealth management teams etc., which was really helpful and great to create a network within the firm


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

We had drinks at the end which were really fun but apart from that there wasn’t much time for socialising on such a short programme. We played icebreaker games at the start though to get to know everyone which was fun and we got pizza when we had to stay late!


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

We were told in detail about their charity opportunities and the mentoring and tutoring schemes they do. We also learnt about their social events, ski trips and the tight bond teams have inside and outside of work. This was very exciting and useful to learn in order to motivate my application


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would definitely recommend - I was unsure about the sector before but now I am excited to apply here. It was a really fun way to experience the firm and I learnt so much even in 3 days so I am really pleased I was invited to join the scheme