Overall, it was a very enjoyable and well organised insight program which allowed for team-building, individual work, introductions to all divisions of Rothschild & Co. and work shadowing.
The fast-paced nature of the program combined with the variety of activities scheduled provided for an interesting and very useful/informational experience and introduction to the company values and culture.
I felt particularly valued as a candidate throughout the entire process. Both HR and bankers seemed eager to educate all candidates on what careers might fit them best. Additionally, as a woman, I was happy to see Rothschild & Co. focus on recruiting women and a culturally diverse and talented cohort.
This insight program was an excellent networking experience for me as well as other candidates. As a result of the program I am much better prepared for future interviews with both Rothschild & Co and other firms.
The interview prep sessions that candidates completed with together with analysts were particularly useful as we tackled both technical and competency-based interview questions.
I am pretty impressed at how well structured the insight was. The schedule was packed, however there was an appropriate amount of time allocated for each activity and presentation. Additionally, I liked the fact that participants had a degree of personal freedom in deciding how much time to spend and when to spend it in preparing for the final project.
Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. Practitioners, my teammates, as well as the other participants of the program were easy-going, intelligent, and a pleasure to work with. As a result, I have continued to keep in touch with both other candidates and bankers.
Also, being surrounded by hard-working yet easygoing teammates made the days when we worked later than usual very manageable and at times enjoyable.
Speaking with analysts and work-shadowing were particularly helpful in this area. On multiple occasions, I had the opportunity to ask about what it is like working in different teams/industries/divisions and get recommendations on how to succeed when starting a new internship or full-time job.
Touring the Rothschild & Co. archives, learning from a Rothschild family historian, and hearing from senior staff were all activities that were incredibly useful in understanding what the firm stands for as well as its core values.
Additionally, speaking with different M&A teams individually was helpful in understanding the culture at a more micro level.
I had the opportunity to get acquainted with all divisions of the firm. Many candidates found new areas that they are interested in such as ECM, DCM, or restructuring. Personally, getting to know more about Global Advisory at Rothschild just made me more convinced that I would like to start a career in this division.
Yes, we had a thorough presentation on the type of charity work that the firm is engaged in and how each employee can become involved. Additionally, we learned about mentoring opportunities and sports events that employees chose to engage in outside of work.
I would definitely recommend this insight to anyone interested in banking and finance. It is a great introduction to advisory as well as other areas and helps with skill building. Moreover, it is a great opportunity to meet other students with similar career goals.