I really enjoyed engaging with the employees and listening to their individual experiences of their day to day in their roles as well as their journey in to finance. Equally, the employees were very warm and welcoming and great at answering any questions that we had on the insight day.
Even though a lot of the employees came as experienced hires or only through the graduate scheme, they were always more than happy to give detailed advice in regards to applications as well as general career advice for a role in finance which I think was very important in shaping my overall impression of the firm.
Each member I engaged with were happy to give their LinkedIn to provide further support but they also did so through the networking session at the end of the day to give tailored advice which I think is very important because insight days can seem like a whistle stop tour that’s very generalised.
I think networking sessions are always important as you need to know how to speak to the right people to get the information you need but also to make a lasting impression so that when you do want to make contact in future, they will remember who you are and this was made evident.
I really enjoyed rotating around the different divisions within the firm and learning more about the sort of activities I would engage in if I was to join that side of the firm. Equally, I thought it was important to be able to network with people from all levels of the business as it gave me a diversity of perspective.
I feel that everyone was really engaged and excited to learn more about finance which was the whole point of the women’s insight day so the firm really did meet the criteria. Also, I felt that the tour of the building was extremely useful as reading and hearing about the role is different to seeing it in live action.
We were governing ample time for q&a as well as hints and tips on beating the application process which wasn’t useful for those who have previously not had much success with the intricacies of the application process such as psychometric testing. Equally we also did a silent exercise that taught us the importance of communication.
I don’t recall being told about everyone’s day to day but most people were either applying for a spring week or an internship so we had more thorough examples of what we would have to do during that work experience instead of as a graduate as most grads were quite new to their role.
Everyone on the panel was quite different so it was hard to understand what it was like especially when, A’s graduates, they would not have been in the company long enough to have a solid idea but they did say that people were always eager to help if there was an issue.
I don’t think I was reimbursed expenses however, the insight day was predominantly for those who are already based in London so expenses would be minimal. However, this can only be inferred as the insight day was once partnership with a social mobility organisation so it is impossible to say